*UPDATE*: Blue Beetle’ Casts ‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Breakout Harvey Guillén In Key Role

It’s taken longer than I’m sure Warner Bros. would’ve liked, but the DCEU is finally starting to take on a similar shape as the MCU. Successful hit films working in conjunction with various TV series spinoffs, such as Peacemaker, are drawing more fan attention than they’ve ever had. And that’s good news for a smaller film like Blue Beetle, which has just added a rising star to its cast.

Deadline reports What We Do In The Shadows breakout Harvey Guillén has joined the Blue Beetle cast. His role? That’s a mystery for now, but the part is said to be a key one. He joins star Xolo Maridueña, who takes on the role of Jamie Reyes, a teen gifted with a alien scarab that powers his extraterrestrial suit of armor.

*Update: The Wrap adds that newcomer Brazilian actress Bruna Marquezine will play Penny, Reyes’ love interest. Belissa Escobedo is on board as Milagros Reyes, Jamie’s younger sister.*

Guillén was recently seen in the horror-comedy Werewolves Within and the Prime Video series, Reacher. But he’s best known for playing human familiar Guillermo de la Cruz in FX’s vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows.

Angel Manuel Soto will direct Blue Beetle, which should be entering production soon ahead of an August 18th 2023 release date in theaters.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.