Gael Garcia Bernal has officially joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Jack Russell, a monster hunter afflicted with a curse that turns him into a werewolf, in the dread-filled and macabre Halloween special , now streaming on Disney+. “I was immediately on board,” Bernal says of joining the project, which is a major departure in tone, style and storytelling for the MCU. “Seeing that in this Marvel Universe and the infrastructure that exists, we can try out different things and experiment as well with this new character.
I feel very lucky and very grateful that I’ve been chosen to play this guy.” While speaking to ET’s Ash Crossan, the actor talks about his onscreen transformation and whether he’ll return for another go around as Russell.
Directed by Michael Giacchino, the black-and-white film draws inspiration from ‘30s and ‘40s horror and film noir classics as a secret cabal of monster hunters gather at the Bloodstone Temple to mourn the death of their leader, Ulysses Bloodstone (Richard Dixon), and find themselves in a deadly competition for a powerful relic as they determine who takes over next.
Rounding out the cast are Laura Donnelly as Ulysses’ estranged daughter, Elsa, and Harriet Sansom Harris as his widow, Verussa, who sends the various hunters out on their quest to take down a dangerous new monster unleashed in the wake of their leader’s demise.Read more on etonline.com