Oscar-winning Susan Sarandon has struck a deal to play the evil Victoria Kord in “Blue Beetle,” the first DC Films superhero film starring a Latino character, as only TheWrap has learned. Victoria Kord is a new character created for the film.
Sharon Stone has been in discussions about the role in the past.
Xolo Maridueña will star in the leading role of “Cobra Kai” in “Blue Beetle”. “Charm City Kings” director Angel Manuel Soto is going to direct. The screenplay is by Mexican writer Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, who wrote Universal’s remake “Scarface” and Sony’s “Miss Bala”. Producer is John Rickard.
Sarandon joins a cast that includes George Lopez, Adriana Barraza, Elpidia Carrillo, Damián Alcázar, Belissa Escobedo, Bruna Marquezine and Harvey Guillén. In addition, Raoul Max Trujillo (“Mayans MC”) will play Carapax the Indestructible Man.
“Blue Beetle” is set to hit theaters on August 18, 2023.
In the DC Comics, the Blue Beetle is the alter ego superhero used by three different heroes, but the film will focus on Mexican-American teenager Jaime Reyes, the third character to take on the Blue Beetle cloak.
Created by Keith Giffen, John Rogers and Cully Hamner in 2006, Jaime Reyes appeared during the “Infinite Crisis” crossover event before the release of a new “Blue Beetle” in May 2006. Reyes is a teenager from El Paso working class devoted to his family and without connections to superheroes before taking power.
Jaime Reyes discovered the Blue Beetle on the way home from school with two of Paco and Brenda’s best friends, half-buried in an obsolete area. Reyes took the beetle home, curious about what it might have been. That night, the beetle came to life, grafted onto the base of Jaime’s spine and provided him with an alien armor suit that could be modified to enhance his speed and strength, as well as create weapons, wings and shields.
Among the many critical roles of the Oscar-winning Sarandon are her roles in “Bull Durham”, “Thelma and Louise”, “Lorenzo’s Oil”, “The Client”, Atlantic City, “Dead Man Walking”, “Sister Helen” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” On television, Sarandon recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s “Feud” as Bette Davis opposite Jessica Lange as Joan Crawford.
Sarandon is represented by UTA.