Film - Blue Beetle

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Press Release 

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes the feature film Blue Beetle, marking the DC Super Hero’s first time on the big screen. The film, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, stars Xolo Maridueña in the title role as well as his alter ego, Jaime Reyes.

Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE.

Starring alongside Maridueña (Cobra Kai) are Adriana Barraza (Rambo: Last Blood, Thor), Damían Alcázar (Narcos, Narcos: Mexico), Elpidia Carrillo (Mayans M.C., the Predator films), Bruna Marquezine (Maldivas, God Save the King), Raoul Max Trujillo (the Sicario films, Mayans M.C.), with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon (Monarch, Dead Man Walking), and George Lopez (the Rio and Smurf franchises). The film also stars Belissa Escobedo (American Horror Stories, Hocus Pocus 2) and Harvey Guillén (What We Do in the Shadows). 

“One of the things that we really wanted to do with the cast was to be able to be as authentic as we can,” said director Angel Manuel Soto. “We wanted to tap into three generations. We wanted to see the first immigrant family, their sons and then the sons that are born here. So, being able to tap into the three generations authentically.

“Xolo was born here, and he's Mexican-American as is Belissa (Escobedo). She plays Milagro, the sister. And then you have characters like George Lopez, who's been here for a minute and he's like a national treasure. And Elpidia (Carrillo) as well, who plays the mom. George plays the uncle.

“And then I really wanted to tap into what I consider some of the best actors from Mexico, which are Adriana Barraza and Damián Alcázar. I really wanted to bring all the people I really respect, from the movies from Mexico that I saw growing up and that really inspired me to become a filmmaker. Of course you have Harvey Guillén as well, who is of Mexican descent, and you have Raoul Max Trujillo who is native Mexican too. So being able to keep it as authentic as possible, something that feels like, ‘Yeah, that's like my uncle. I can totally relate to those.’”

Soto (Charm City Kings, The Farm) directs from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala), based on characters from DC. John Rickard and Zev Foreman are producing, with Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman and Garrett Grant serving as executive producers.

The director’s creative team behind the scenes includes director of photography Pawel Pogorzelski (Midsommar, Hereditary), production designer John Billington (Bad Boys for Life), editor Craig Alpert (Deadpool 2, The Lost City), Oscar-nominated costume designer Mayes C. Rubeo (Jojo Rabbit, the Thor films), visual effects supervisor Kelvin McIlwain (The Suicide Squad, Aquaman) and composer Bobby Krlic (Midsommar, the Snowpiercer series).

A Warner Bros. Pictures Presentation, a Safran Company Production, Blue Beetle soars into cinemas August 18, 2023.

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