Marvel Studios is putting together another horror-type project for Disney+ with a Halloween Special that is expected to begin shooting early next year. The studio had been reportedly seeking a Latino actor for a key role and it sounds like Marvel has landed on an actor.
The Wrap has revealed that Mexican actor Gael Gracia Bernal has nabbed a lead role in the untitled Disney+ project. Although the report doesn’t have a full-throated confirmation that the actor is playing Werewolf By Night, they indicate that is a strong possibility he might be while mentioning both Jack Russell and Jake Gomez as role options.
“While details about the project are being kept strictly under wraps, individuals with knowledge say the character may be based on Werewolf By Night, the name used by two separate Marvel characters.“
We’re also still waiting on plot details along with who is exactly writing and directing it.
Marvel Studios has yet to officially announce the Halloween project or the casting, but could likely do so during the Disney+ Day event next week on November 12.
If this character info turns out to be true it would directly conflict with fan rumors of the werewolf character showing up in the Moon Knight series in a major role, which has long wrapped in Budapest (shot scenes in Jordan and London too) before this casting news. Meaning, even if the character appeared after this casting news (unlikely) it would likely only be a cameo and could rule out that Ethan Hawke is playing him, the actor’s part in the series has yet to be officially confirmed by Marvel.
Marvel Studios flushing out their horror characters for television has been something I’ve been talking up since 2015 before Marvel Television was rebranded as Marvel TV Studios when Kevin Feige took over as Marvel’s CCO and Jeph Loeb exited the company. It’ll be interesting to see if they’ll attempt to adapt more characters like Blade as someone like Moon Knight might skew more in the Doctor Strange/Avengers realm.
The studio could develop a horror universe that rivals the Universal Monsters.
SOURCE: THE WRAP