The highly-anticipated Blue Beetle film has found its Jaime Reyes in Cobra Kai star Xolo Mariduena.
TheWrap reports that Xolo Mariduena has signed on to play Jaime Reyes in the upcoming Blue Beetle film from Charm City Kings director Angel Manuel Soto. The film is eyeing an early 2022 production start for a release on the WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max.
A 20-year old actor of Mexican, Cuban and Ecuadorian descent, Xolo Mariduena is best known for his work as Miguel Diaz in the Karate Kid sequel series Cobra Kai, which made its debut on YouTube Red before moving to Netflix. He previously starred in the NBC series Parenthood.
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 Blue Beetle 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.
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