Warner Bros. and DC Films have found their Blue Beetle, with The Wrap reporting that Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña has been cast in the title role as Jaime Reyes in the upcoming HBO Max Original movie.
Blue Beetle is being directed by Angel Manuel Soto (Charm City Kings) from a script by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer (Miss Bala) and will mark the first time that a Latino character has led a DC superhero movie.
The film will revolve around the character of Jamie Reyes, a Mexican-American teenager who discovers a mysterious scarab which binds itself to his spine, providing him with extraterrestrial armour that he uses to become a superhero.
Blue Beetle is one of several DC features in the works for HBO Max, including a Batgirl movie which recently cast its own Latina lead in Leslie Grace (In The Heights). Filming is expected to get underway later this year.