Sony Pictures’ “El Muerto” just got better. Not only is it set to star the Puerto Rican global phenomenon Bad Bunny, but it was just revealed that the highly-anticipated film will be directed by the Mexican film director Jonás Cuarón.
The Latino community is beyond thrilled with this upcoming film. After all, it’s to be the first live-action Marvel film that features a leading Latino character. El Muerto — or Juan Carlos Estrada Sanchez — is a luchador that has generational super powers. The film’s release date is set for January 12, 2024.
This isn’t the first time Benito has been in front of cameras. Earlier this year, he made his movie acting debut on Bullet Train alongside the Hollywood figurehead Brad Pitt. It isn’t Cuarón’s first gig either — his directorial debut was on “Desierto.” If his name rings a bell, it’s because he’s the son of the Academy Award-winner Alfonso Cuarón. His past film credits also include “Año uña,” “Gravity,” and “Z,” — so we can already tell it’s going to be one of 2024’s best theatrical releases.
The film’s writer is Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who The Wrap describes as “one of the town’s hottest go-to writers for Latino projects.” He recently wrote Blue Beetle, about a Mexican teenager who finds an alien beetle that gives him superpowered armor.
Social media users already have opinions on the film’s leaders. A Twitter user wrote: “El Muerto’s director co-wrote Gravity? And the chosen writer also wrote the Blue Beetle script? Ok. This might be interesting. Jonás Cuarón. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer. Don’t f*ck this up.”
Another social media user agreed with the “interesting” aspect of it all. They wrote: “So Sony got Jonás Cuarón, who wrote Gravity and is the son of Alfonso Cuarón, to direct the Marvel film #ElMuerto? Damn!” They paired the commentary with a GIF that reads, “I did not see this coming.”
Exciting or not, what’s true is that “El Muerto” will mark film history for being the first live-action Marvel film with a Latino lead — and that’s worth a theater ticket!