Plot details for the untitled special are being kept under wraps, but sources say that Bernal could be playing a character based on the Marvel character Werewolf by Night. Two different characters have shared that moniker, specifically Jack Russell and Jake Gomez. Both were capable of transforming into a werewolf at will while retaining their human intellects. The special would begin production in early 2022.
Reps for Marvel Studios and Disney did not immediately respond to Variety‘s request for comment.
Bernal was most recently seen in the M. Night Shyamalan film “Old,” while his upcoming projects include the HBO Max series “Station Eleven” and the Jennifer Lopez-led feature “The Mother.” He is known for previously starring in the Amazon drama series “Mozart in the Jungle,” for which he won the Golden Globe for best actor in a comedy or musical in 2016. He was nominated in the same category the following year. His film credits include “Y tu mamá también,” “The Motorcycle Diaries,” and “Amores Perros.”
He is repped by WME and Hansen Jacobson.
The Halloween special is the latest Marvel Studios project at Disney Plus. To date, the streamer has aired the shows “WandaVision,” “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” and “Loki.” The “Hawkeye” series starring Jeremy Renner and Hailee Steinfeld is due to debut on Nov. 24. There are also shows in the works based on “She-Hulk,” “Ms. Marvel,” and “Moon Knight.” Interestingly, the character Moon Knight first appeared in the Jack Russell iteration of “Werewolf by Night” in 1975.
TheWrap first reported Bernal’s casting.