Mercedes Varnado better known as former WWE star Sasha Banks has been confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter to be in talks to join Sony’s El Muerto.
El Muerto is one of Sony’s many upcoming projects set in the ever-expanding Spider-Man Universe and is set to tell the tale of Marvel’s Juan-Carlos Estrada Sánchez.
Juan-Carlos Estrada Sánchez aka the Mexican luchador who goes by the name El Muerto in Marvel Comics, is mostly known for appearing in Spider-Man storylines.
However, his character has plenty of backstory and interesting notions behind it to carry at least one feature piece. Hence why Sony was busy developing a movie based on him.
That all came to a sudden and indefinite end as Sony confirmed that El Muerto, which was originally slated for a January 2024 release, has now been taken off the calendar.
El Muerto now has no release date set at all leaving the project on ice while the ongoing WGA writers’ strike continues toward a hopeful resolution.
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Sony still reportedly plans on working on the project, which previously had Bad Bunny (Bullet Train) set to star in the titular role.
It’s just unclear as to when work on the script can continue as the above-mentioned strike also has no clear resolution date.
Mercedes Varnado aka Sasha Banks Set To Star?
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the team behind El Muerto are currently in talks with Sasha Banks for a role in the movie.
Seeing that the casting process was most likely still early on in the works, it’s safe to assume that Banks is being eyed for a large role in the flick.
Details as to who Banks is being eyed to play are currently being kept under wraps while the movie stays on hold.
However, one character was confirmed, none other than Marvel’s Tombstone who has Marvin Jones III in talks to portray.
Jones voiced Tombstone in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and is being eyed to play the same character but this time in live-action.
Further plot and casting details will in the meantime stay on ice until development continues, at least that’s what is expected.
Sony’s Spider-Man Universe has shown no plans of slowing down or stopping altogether, quite the contrary actually.
It will just be pausing development on its in-progress titles while the WGA strike resumes, just as many other franchises do the same.
Sony’s El Muerto currently has no scheduled release date.