In November, it was rumored that Narcos: Mexico Star Tenoch Huerta was to be leaving Mexico in favor of Wakanda. The rumors are reportedly true. Illuminerdi reports that the Mexican actor is taking on the role of Namor the Submariner.
For those who are not familiar with the story line, Namor is the superhero son of an Atlantis princess and a mortal sea captain. He is also a bad guy known to be one of the first anti heroes of the comic. The story goes a little like this: Namor is big on protecting the people of his kingdom but has a short temper. He has mutant abilities when it comes to fighting and is quick to attack those on land who he thinks have wronged him or his people. In the comics, Namor and his people in Atlantis have long been at war with the kingdom of Wakanda making this a natural storyline for Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.
The second movie in the Wakanda franchise will see most of the returning cast, including director Ryan Coogler. Fans long speculated whether another film would be made after the death of lead actor Chadwick Boseman who portrayed Wakanda’s King T’Challa/Black Panther. Boseman died in August of 2020 after a sudden and private bout of colon cancer. The role will not be recast.
In addition to entering the Marvel Universe, Huerta made news earlier this year when his Sundance led film Son of Monarchs won the Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize. In it, he plays a Mexican biologist who goes through his own metamorphosis when he returns home to Mexico from New York.
Production on Black Panther: Wakanda Forever is scheduled to start next month with a July 2022 release date.