Marvel just landed an award-winner to lead its werewolf Halloween special. Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal has been cast to lead the Disney+ project.
The news comes from The Wrap, who originally reported back in August that Marvel was seeking to cast for the special. Though unconfirmed, the project is believed to be based on the Marvel character “Werewolf by Night.”
With Marvel keeping details under wraps, we don’t know much about this special yet. In fact, we can’t even narrow down which version of Werewolf by Night (if any) Bernal will play; two different characters in the MCU actually go by the moniker.
The first, Jack Russell, first appeared in a 1972 issue of Marvel Spotlight, created by Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog. As a descendant of mystically-altered humans known as Lycanthropes, Russell eventually becomes capable of transforming on his own volition even without a full moon, and retaining his intellect while transformed. His character starred in his own “Werewolf by Night” series, which ran for 43 issues, ending in 1977.
The second iteration of the character appeared more recently, in a series from just last year. In this version, Jake Gomez, a Hopi Native American whose family has been cursed with lycanthropy, comes in conflict with a nefarious pharmaceutical company exploiting members of his tribe.
Bernal most recently starred in M. Night Shymalan’s Old. He also won a Golden Globe for his work on Prime Video’s Mozart in the Jungle. He will next appear in the HBO Max limited series Station Eleven.
Marvel’s Halloween special will enter production in early 2022.
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Source: The Wrap