Warner Bros. and DC’s upcoming Blue Beetle film starring Xolo Maridueña has added three new cast members to its roster.
The road to Xolo Maridueña’s Blue Beetle film has been a long and hard one. The film was in various stages of development for years before Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto was brought on to lead the project. After that, Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueñ was cast as the titular hero and the film received a theatrical release date after initially being planned for the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max. Now, the cast of the upcoming DC Comics feature has started to expand.
TheWrap has revealed that Blue Beetle had added three new cast members to its roster. Bruna Marquezine, Belissa Escobedo and Harvey Guillén have all joined the cast of the upcoming movie. Marquezine is on board as Blue Beetle’s love interest Penny while Escobedo has been cast as his sister Milagros Reyes. It is currently unknown what role Guillén will be playing.
In DC Comics lore, Dan Garrett was an archeologist who discovered the Blue Beetle scarab and used its power to fight crime. Though his successor, Ted Kord, was unable to harness the scarab’s power, the brilliant billionaire took on the mantle from his mentor using technology and martial arts. Years later, a teenage boy named Jaime Reyes came into the possession of the Blue Beetle scarab and used it to manifest a weaponized exoskeleton. Taking on the Beetle mantle, Jaime used the suit for good alongside his two best friends Brenda and Paco.
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers, and Cully Hamner, Jaime Reyes made his first appearance in the pages of 2006’s Infinite Crisis #5. A live-action version of Jaime made an appearance in the Superman prequel series Smallville, with Jaren Brandt Bartlett playing the DC Comics hero.
Directed by Angel Manuel Soto, Blue Beetle stars Xolo Maridueña as the titular character. The film is being written by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer with John Rickard producing. The film is currently set to be released in theaters on August 18, 2023. Stay tuned for all the latest news surrounding the upcoming film and be sure to subscribe to Heroic Hollywood’s YouTube channel for more original video content.