It looks like the cast for Blue Beetle continues to grow with the DC film adding some big names to its cast. The film is eyeing an August 2023 release and has now added George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrilo, and Damián Alcázar to its cast. They join Xolo Maridueña who will take on the leading role of Jaime Reyes, who will end up turning into the interstellar hero Blue Beetle through the help of a strange device attached to his back.
The cast round out the Reyes family with Lopez as Uncle Rudy, Alcázar taking on the role of Alberto, Barraza‘s Nana, and Carrillo as Rocio. The only other member cast so far was Bellisa Escobedo as Milagro. Director Angel Manuel Soto offered some insight into his approach to ensuring that the Reyes family consisted of Mexican and Mexican-American talent:
Initially, my goal with finding the family was to be able to have an authentic group of people, not just as authentic on the Latino side, but authentic on the accents and authentic on the experience overall, it was very important for me to have the elders in the family to be from Mexico. And more than just being from Mexico is honoring those amazing beloved actors from Mexico that have paved the way not just in Latin American cinema, but also crossing over to the Anglo Saxon community and Latin American community in the United StatesAngel Manuel Soto
It’s a great approach to not only keep the family dynamic authentic but also to highlight the characters’ roots. Comic Book films have been becoming the center of more representation in cinema, and it’s great to see the talent reflect that. Bruna Marquezine and Harvey Guillén, who recently also joined another DC series, Harley Quinn, as Nightwing, also round out the cast.
Source: The Wrap