‘The Wrecking Crew’: Dave Bautista, Jason Momoa Buddy Action Movie Lands ‘Blue Beetle’ Director

Back in 2021, Jason Momoa and Dave Bautista, who starred in Dune and the series See together, began teasing a potential team-up flick. A buddy action-comedy, of course, and the idea practically writes itself. Well, it’s been a couple of years but the film does appear to be happening at MGM, with Blue Beetle director Angel Manuel Soto at the helm.

TheWrap reports that Soto will direct The Wrecking Crew, with Momoa and Bautista eyed to star. The script is by Warrior creator and The Adam Project writer Jonathan Tropper, negotiated prior to the WGA strike. Bautista and Momoa were in talks for the film prior to the SAG-AFTRA strike.

Soto is coming off the #1 box office debut of Blue Beetle. He broke out in 2020 with the Baltimore drama Charm City Kings. He also has a Transformers movie in the works that he’ll co-write and direct, and the likelihood is that if a Blue Beetle sequel happens he’ll be involved in that, too.

All of this good news for Soto makes me very happy, as Charm City Kings is one of the best movies of the last few years. This is truly a case of a filmmaker putting out quality work and being rewarded for it.


Travis Hopson
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