The 28-year-old Puerto Rican rapper will play the titular role in the film, about a wrestler whose powers come from his Lucha libre mask.
The character has appeared in Spider-Man stories, with the film the latest in Sony’s portfolio of characters from the extended Spider-Man universe.
During an appearance at the Sony presentation during CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Bad Bunny – real name Benito Antonio Martínez Ocasio – spoke about his new role.
“It’s amazing. it’s incredible. I love wrestling. I grew up watching it and now I’m a wrestler,” he said. “This is why I love this character. I think it’s the perfect role for me, it will be epic.”
This isn’t Bad Bunny’s first role as an actor. Previously, the rapper has had a recurring role on Narcos: Mexico and the upcoming film Bullet Train.
Many fans are excited about the “Vete” rapper’s new role.
“Alright now that we know Sony just asked Bad Bunny what Spider-Man villain he wanted to play and he found El Muerto – that’s pretty cool. An up-and-coming actor gets full support from a superhero for a tentpole starring vehicle, I can get behind that. Excited for this movie,” a fan wrote.
Another person added: “Everyone’s already flaming El Muerto when I’m really excited because more Bad Bunny roles.”
“Wow that’s cool bad Bunny is not a bad idea playing this wrestling character El Muerto I’m down for it,” another fan wrote.
El Muerto will be released cinemas on 12 January 2024.