Latinx superheroes are slowly being represented in many indie films and for the first lead for Marvel’s upcoming El Muerto. However, Disney didn’t want to wait as it launched its first Latinx superhero television series Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion which stars Scarlett Estevez and J.R. Villarreal.
In the Mexican culture’s love of luchadors and wrestling, the series is a coming-of-age story of a young teenage girl discovering her newfound powers as her wrestling uncle takes her under his wing.
Here is the official synopsis:
Violet Rodriguez, an everyday Mexican-American teen, is chosen by a magical luchador mask which transforms her into Ultra Violet, a superhero fighting crime alongside her luchador uncle, Cruz, also known as Black Scorpion. Although Cruz takes Violet under his wing to teach her the responsibilities of her special powers, she doesn’t always see eye-to-eye with him when it comes to his methods for capturing crooks. In the meantime, she must keep her superhero identity secret from her parents and her older brother Santiago (“Tiago”), as well as her friends and schoolmates. However, she does lean on one close confidante: her best friend Maya Miller-Martinez, who provides advice and assists with documenting Ultra Violet’s adventures on social media.
The series cast also included Marianna Burelli (Paramedicos) as Nina Rodriguez, Juan Alfonso (American Princess) as Juan Carlos Rodriguez, Brandon Rossel (Fast Layne) as Tiago with newcomers Zelia Ankrum as Maya Miller Martinez, and Bryan Blanco as Luis Leon. Eric Garcia and Leo Chu (Alexa & Katie) serve as showrunners and executive producers.
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LRM Online’s Gig Patta spoke with the lead actors Scarlett Estevez and J.R. Villarreal about being the first lead Latino superheroes from the Disney family, donning the masks, and performing the stunts.
Scarlett Estevez started performing at a very young age and filmed her first national commercial at the age of three. Her first role was in a short film The Magic Bracelet from the Make-A-Film Foundation which included James Van Der Beek, Hailee Steinfeld, Jackson Rathbone, J.K. Simmons, and Bailee Madison. Her first feature film came with And Then There Was You starring Garcelle Beauvais. She is best known for her supporting lead roles as the onscreen daughter of Mark Wahlberg and Linda Cardellini in Daddy’s Home and its sequel Daddy’s Home 2. Also, she was a regular in the popular Fox-to-Netflix series Lucifer.
J.R. Villarreal impressed audiences as a young actor with his performance in the film Akeelah and the Bee which also starred KeKe Palmer and Angela Bassett. He later played Kit in the action-drama Bobby Z that starred Paul Walker and Laurence Fishburne. In the indie drama Magic City Memoirs, he received the Best Actor award at the 2011 Ibiza International Film Festival. In 2013, he starred in the found-footage comedy Ghost Team One. His notable television appearance credits included FX’s The Bridge, Fox’s House M.D., Lifetime’s Strong Medicine, and CBS’s Ghost Whisperer.
The first episode of Ultra Violet & Black Scorpion premieres this Friday, June 3 on the Disney Channel. The series will also launch on Disney+ with the first ten episodes on June 8th.
Watch the exclusive interview with Scarlett Estevez and J.R. Villareal below. Let us know what you think of the interview.