Robert Rodriguez to Direct Netflix Sci-Fi Film We Can Be Heroes, Cast Revealed

Netflix film We Can Be Heroes will see Robert Rodriguez direct an alien invasion epic, which has an intriguing cast.

Robert Rodriguez, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series; El Rey Network
El Rey Network

We Can Be Heroes is yet another Netflix film project for which the streaming giant has tapped a high-profile name, in this case that of action auteur Robert Rodriguez. However, this particular offering will see Rodriguez tap into his more family-friendly side, utilizing a cast of kids; a side that yielded him 2000s-era success with the Spy Kids film franchise.

Rodriguez is set to write, direct and produce We Can Be Heroes for Netflix, a genre film set in the aftermath of an alien invasion, leaving the children of superheroes tasked to rescue their kidnapped parents. However, the film’s cast brandishes some notable headliners in Priyanka Chopra, Christian Slater, Pedro Pascal and Sung Kang.

Netflix revealed the full cast of We Can Be Heroes. The adult cast consists of the following:

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas (Isn’t It Romantic, Baywatch), Christian Slater (Mr. Robot, The Wife), Pedro Pascal (Star Wars: The Mandalorian, Wonder Woman 1984), Sung Kang (Fast & Furious: Tokyo Drift, Better Luck Tomorrow), Boyd Holbrook (Logan), Christopher McDonald (Mr. Iglesias, Wetlands) and Adriana Barraza (Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Penny Dreadful).

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The cast of kid rescuers consists of YaYa Gosselin, Akira Akbar, Andrew Diaz, Andy Walken, Hala Finley, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Lotus Blossom, Lyon Daniels, Nathan Blair and Vivien Lyra Blair.

Rodriguez – perhaps best known for his El Mariachi Trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn, a co-directing turn with Sin City and Grindhouse offering Planet Terror – is coming off this past February’s release of Alita: Battle Angel, which followed television episodic work on his El Rey Network’s From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, 2014 sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, as well as the retro exploitation carnage of 2010’s Machete and 2013 sequel Machete Kills. Yet, We Can Be Heroes will utilize Rodriguez’s contrasting proclivity for family-friendly adventure, with the Spy Kids Quadrilogy (released across 2001-2011) and 2005’s The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl 3-D.

Interestingly, Rodriguez tends to keep himself busy with unconventional projects (like the aforementioned El Rey Network), with the most recent example being a horror/sci-fi thriller, titled Red 11, which proudly touts its miniscule budget of $7,000. That film premiered at SXSW back on March 15.

For now, Netflix’s We Can Be Heroes doesn’t have a release date, but it is currently shooting in Texas. We’ll certainly keep you updated on the film as news arrives.

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