Robert Rodriguez’s We Can Be Heroes has a spectacular cast headed by Yaya Gosselin and Hollywood darling Pedro Pascal. Released in December 2020, We Can Be Heroes parodies the modern superhero genre and combines it with family-friendly drama. Various talented veterans and new faces comprise the cast of We Can Be Heroes, which follows up the narrative established in Robert Rodriguez’s 2005 fantasy The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D.
Sadly, the 2005 movie didn’t have the desired impact and got negative reviews due to its story and visuals, and it was also a commercial failure. Fifteen years after the debut of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, We Can Be Heroes sees the return of these peculiar superheroes but without them being at the front and center. Instead, We Can Be Heroes follows the children of Earth’s superheroes teaming up after their parents are kidnapped by alien invaders, which pushes them to work together so they can save their parents and the world. Among those kids is Guppy, the daughter of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, who has both shark and lava powers.
As mentioned above, We Can Be Heroes will see the return of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, now all grown-up and parents to a superpowered child. It also introduces new characters that create a lot of chaos in this new adventure, while others do their best to save the world. Here’s a guide to the cast members of We Can Be Heroes and where viewers might have seen them before.
YaYa Gosselin as Missy Moreno
YaYa Gosselin plays Missy Moreno, the daughter of superhero Marcus Moreno and the one who motivates the other kids to team-up to rescue their parents. Gosselin played Tali LaCroix in the TV series FBI and FBI: Most Wanted, and Graciella Padilla in 13 Reasons Why. Missy Moreno is her first major role in a movie.
Pedro Pascal as Marcus Moreno
Notably, The Last of Us star Pedro Pascal plays Marcus Moreno, a superhero who is a master swordsman and one of the superheroes kidnapped by the aliens. Pascal is best-known for playing Maxwell Lord in Wonder Woman 1984, Javier Peña in the TV series Narcos, and Din Djarin/The Mandalorian in Disney+’s Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian.
Adriana Barraza as Marie Moreno
Adriana Barraza plays Marie Moreno, Marcus’ mother and Missy’s grandmother. Barraza appeared in a number of telenovelas in her home country of México and among her many acting credits are Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Amores Perros and Babel, Drag Me To Hell, Cake, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Rambo: Last Blood, and the TV series The Strain and Penny Dreadful: City of Angels.
Priyanka Chopra as Ms. Granada
Priyanka Chopra plays Ms. Granada, the leader of an organization filled with superpowered kids, but she isn’t exactly what she seems and has other plans in mind. Chopra is perhaps most famous for being part of the cast of The Matrix Resurrections. Before that, Chopra became widely-known after playing the lead role in the TV show Quantico, after which she appeared in the movies Baywatch and Isn’t It Romantic?.
Taylor Dooley as Lavagirl
Taylor Dooley returns as Lavagirl, a superhero with lava based powers and who is Sharkboy’s wife and Guppy’s mother. Following The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D, Dooley appeared in projects like Whitepaddy and Hell Mountain, and played Rachelle in one episode of House.
Christian Slater as Tech-No
Christian Slater plays Tech-No, a superhero with technology powers. Slater made his film debut in The Legend of Billie Jean in 1985 and became widely-known after playing J.D. in the 1989 black comedy Heathers. Among his most notable projects are True Romance, Interview with the Vampire, and the sci-fi series Mr. Robot.
Boyd Holbrook as Miracle Guy
A Superman analog, Miracle guy is played by Boyd Holbrook, who also played Billy in The Skeleton Twins, Jeff in Gone Girl, Donald Pierce in Logan, and Steven Murphy in the TV series Narcos.
Vivien Lyra Blair as Guppy
Sharkboy and Lavagirl’s daughter Guppy is played by Vivien Lyra Blair, who also played Girl in Bird Box and Hazel in the TV series Indebted.
Nathan Blair as Wild Card
Wild Card is Tech-No’s son. Nathan Blair has appeared in various short-films and minor roles in TV shows like Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever. and Raven’s Home.
Sung Kang as Blinding Fast
Blinding Fast, who has super speed, is played by Sung Kang. He’s appeared in movies like Undoing, Fast & Furious, Fast & Furious 6, Fast 9, and various TV series, most recently Obi-Wan Kenobi, Magnum P.I., and Power.
Akira Akbar as Fast Forward
Fast Forward is Crimson Legend & Red Lightning Fury’s daughter. Akira Akbar was in Captain Marvel, where she played 11-year-old version of the MCU’s Monica Rambeau. Akbar has also appeared in minor roles in Criminal Minds, Grey’s Anatomy, Family Reunion, and This Is Us.
Dylan Henry Lau as Slo-Mo
Slo-Mo is Blinding Fast’s son. Dylan Lau has appeared in minor roles in TV shows like Tim and Eric’s Bedtime Stories, Here and Now, and Oh Jerome, No.
Isaiah Russell-Bailey as Rewind
Rewin is Fast Forward’s twin sister. Isaiah Russel-Bailey played Shaka McKellan in Family Reunion.
Haley Reinhart as Ms. Vox
A superhero with a sonar scream, Ms. Vox is played by Haley Reinhart, who also played Bill Murphy on the TV series F Is For Family.
Andy Walken as Wheels
Wheels is the son of Miracle Guy. Andy Walken also played William Cleary in the TV series The Kids Are Alright.
Andrew Diaz as Facemaker
Crushing Low’s son Facemaker has strange shapeshifting abilities. This is Andrew Diaz’s first major role.
Brently Heilbron as Crushing Low
Crushing Low has incredible strength, even by superhero standards. Brently Heilbron has appeared in minor roles in the football series Friday Night Lights and The Leftovers.
Hala Finley as Ojo
Ojo is an extremely smart girl with an air of mystery. Hala Finley played Emme Burns in the TV series Man with a Plan.
Lotus Blossom as A Capella
A Capella is the daughter of Ms. Vox. Lotus Blossom had minor roles in the TV series Hotel Du Loone and Undone.
Brittany Perry-Russell as Red Lightning Fury
Red Lightning Fury has fearsome electric powers. Brittany Perry-Russell played Cheerio in Glee and Tracy Porter in 13 Reasons Why.
J. Quinton Johnson as Crimson Legend
The Crimson Legend can create solar explosions at will. J. Quinton Johnson is also known for his roles in The Summoned, Everybody Wants Some!!, and In the Heights.
Lyon Daniels as Noodles
The shapeshifting Noodles is Crimson Legend and Red Lightning Fury’s son. Lyon Daniels played Efram in the TV series Patriot and Stumblebum in Fundamentally Cynical.
Jamie Perez as Invisi Girl
Invisi Girl can disappear at will. Jamie Perez has notable roles in Walker, A Playful Romance, and Confused By Love.
Christopher McDonald as President Neil Anami
Neil Anami is the President of the United States. Christopher McDonald played Darryl Dickinson in Thelma & Louise, Shooter McGavin in the ’90s Adam Sandler comedy Happy Gilmore, Wilson Croft in Flubber, and the President of the United States in Spy Kids 2: The Island of Lost Dreams.
Everything We Know About We Can Be Heroes 2
We Can Be Heroes 2 is happening, as confirmed by Robert Rodriguez himself, and although there’s no release date, it could come out on Netflix as soon as Christmas 2022. As the ending of We Can Be Heroes reveals that the entire Alien Invasion and the plight of the Heroics was a test for the younger superhero generation, viewers can expect the return of YaYa Gosselin, Nathan Blair, Andy Walker, Lyon Daniels, Dylan Henry Lau, Lotus Blossom, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Vivien Blair, Andrew Diaz, and Akira Akbar. The adults are also likely to reprise their respective roles in the We Can Be Heroes 2 cast, though it’s unclear for now what dangers they’ll face in the sequel to arguably the most family-friendly Robert Rodriguez movie.
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