DC prepares to set blue beetle, the new film about a Mexican superhero, with Adriana Barraza and Damián Alcázar. In addition to the pair, George López and Elpidia Carrillo were also recruited to make up the cast. Of course, the leading role is not held by any of them. Since it is the story of a young man who, after finding an unusual beetle, acquires the most amazing powers.
The character of The Blue Beetle comes directly from the DC comics. He is a superhero through which different characters have passed throughout his history. Warner intends to tell the story of the third of them. Jaime Reyes is a teenager who, after finding the aforementioned beetle, acquires powers and an alien suit that even allows him to travel through space.
In the comics Reyes lives in El Paso Texas and occasionally in Ciudad Juárez. His character distinguishes him from the cliché of the lonely or orphaned superhero, because he has an extended family. His large Hispanic lineage is always there to support him and together they build a representation of the Latino communities residing in the United States.
For that reason blue beetle it needs actors like Alcázar or Barraza. The director of the film, Ángel Manuel Soto, explained what his goals are when building a Latino superhero. The filmmaker spoke with TheWrap about the process of casting.
“Initially, my goal in finding the family was to be able to have an authentic group of people, not just as authentic on the Latin side, but authentic in the accents and authentic in the experience in general, it was very important to me that the elders of the family were from Mexico,” Soto said. “And also to honor those incredible and beloved Mexican actors who have paved the way not only in Latin American cinema, but also in the Anglo community and the Latin American community in the United States.”
The film will star Xolo Maridueña, one of the breakout stars of cobra kai. His jump from a Netflix series to a DC and Warner blockbuster will be accompanied by the new collection of actors. George Lopez will be Uncle Rudy; Barraza will play the role of Nana; Carrillo will be Rocío; and the role of Alcázar will be called Alberto. The four make up the family of Jaime Reyes.
“You have someone on the younger side, the new blood that’s coming in, like Belissa and Xolo,” his director continued. “They are Mexican-Americans, linking with the guys who came before and who have a strong history of being born in Mexico and then coming to the United States. Having this cast allows us to provide a Mexican family, a dark Mexican family, with that level of authenticity.”
Soto will direct the film from a script by Mexican writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, known for miss bullet and for the creation of the future remake from Scarface. blue beetle intends to reach Mexican theaters on August 18, 2023.
The entry Blue Beetle: Damián Alcázar and Adriana Barraza are signed by DC was first published in Cine PREMIERE.