Watch Blue Beetle Director Offer Xolo Mariduena Lead Role

Angel Manuel Soto just shared the sweetest video of Blue Beetle star Xolo Maridueña.

Blue Beetle is hitting theaters this month, and will see Cobra Kai star Xolo Maridueña taking on the role of Jaime Reyes, the DC comics hero who becomes fused to an alien scarab and gains superpowers. Due to the current SAG-AFTRA strike, Maridueña is unable to promote the film, but director Angel Manuel Soto has been sharing a lot of interesting information and fun content about the upcoming project. Today, the director took to Instagram to share a sweet video of the moment Maridueña was cast as the hero.

"Remembering the moment @xolo_mariduena became our @bluebeetle . Te amo mijo. I'm so so proud of you, as a person and as a professional, and I can't wait for the world to see what you have to offer. Gracias por ser el super heroe que necesitamos ahora mismo. 💙 Not only did I get to invite Xolo into our Reyes familia, but I got to share the news to his familia that our first Latino Super Hero was here," Soto wrote. You can check out the video below:

"It's such a new world and this is my first movie, my first venture into being on the silver screen," Maridueña explained in a previous interview with Comicbook.com. "And so getting to be a part of it all, I just want to be a sponge. I just want to learn as much as possible and have fun. It felt like there was so much anticipation and so much preparation going into the project that by the first day I was like, 'Dude.' It wasn't like the first day we started, we hit the ground running and it was a great time."

What Is Blue Beetle About?

From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Blue Beetle, which arrives in theaters on August 18th, marking the DC superhero's first time on the big screen. The film, directed by Angel Manuel Soto, stars Xolo Maridueña in the title role as well as his alter ego, Jaime Reyes. Recent college grad Jaime Reyes returns home full of aspirations for his future, only to find that home is not quite as he left it. As he searches to find his purpose in the world, fate intervenes when Jaime unexpectedly finds himself in possession of an ancient relic of alien biotechnology: the Scarab. When the Scarab suddenly chooses Jaime to be its symbiotic host, he is bestowed with an incredible suit of armor capable of extraordinary and unpredictable powers, forever changing his destiny as he becomes the Super Hero BLUE BEETLE.

Starring alongside Maridueña are Adriana Barraza, Damían Alcázar, Elpidia Carrillo, Bruna MarquezineRaoul Max Trujillo, with Oscar winner Susan Sarandon, and George Lopez (the "Rio and "Smurf" franchises). The film also stars Belissa Escobedo and Harvey Guillén. Soto directs from a screenplay by Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer, based on characters from DC. John Rickard and Zev Foreman are producing, with Walter Hamada, Galen Vaisman, and Garrett Grant serving as executive producers.