One of the upcoming films in the DCEU slate is Blue Beetle, which will focus on the Jaime Reyes iteration of the titular hero and is set to be released in theaters next year. Recently, we've been hearing a lot of updates regarding the project including the casting of Cobra Kai's Xolo Maridueña as the titular hero and What We Do in the Shadows star Harvey Guillen in an undisclosed role. Now, an iconic comedian has joined the ensemble.
According to The Wrap, George Lopez has joined the cast of Blue Beetle. He is set to play the role of Uncle Rudy Reyes. Oscar nominee Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, and Damián Alcázar have also been cast to play the relatives of Jaimes Reyes.
Angel Manuel Soto is set to direct the film from Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer’s screenplay. John Rickard serves as the producer. The four actors are joining the ensemble which already includes Maridueña, Guillen, Belissa Escobedo, and Bruna Marquezine. Production will reportedly begin this year.
Lopez is known as an iconic stand-up comedian and has received honors and praises for celebrating the Latino culture and community. He also starred in the self-produced sitcom George Lopez on ABC which ran for six seasons. Recently, he starred in films such as No Man's Land, The Tax Collector, and El Chicano while he made guest appearances in TV shows such as The Neighborhood, Reno 911!, and voiced himself in the DC animated series Harley Quinn.
It is awesome to hear that Lopez is joining the cast playing the role of the titular hero's uncle. It sounds like it will be a significant role and he may serve as the mentor figure for him given that they cast someone in his caliber to play the character. He is obviously an iconic comedian and probably the most popular name that is added to the cast so far which makes it a more high-profile project. It's very interesting to see how he'll play out in the film and whether we'll hear more casting news soon.
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Blue Beetle is set to be released in theaters on August 18, 2023.
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