Laura Donnelly Joins Marvel’s ‘Werewolf By Night’ Halloween Special
Marvel Studios’ Halloween special is slowly starting to take form. After it was announced that Gael Garcia Bernal would lead the special, fueling speculation that it would adapt the Werewolf by Night storyline, Deadline has reported that Laura Donnelly will be joining Bernal in the aforementioned special.
Two different characters have used the name Werewolf by Night in the comics, including Jack Russell and Jake Gomez. Russell was created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog. He first appeared in Marvel Spotlight #2 in 1972. The character descends from a line of werewolves that were created by Dracula himself, who cursed the family. Meanwhile, Gomez debuted in 2020’sWerewolf by Night #1 by Taboo, Benjamin Jackendoff, and Scot Eaton. Gomez is a member of the Hopi Native American tribe whose family was cursed with lycanthropy. It is currently unclear which version will serve as inspiration for the special.
The plot has been heavily kept under wraps, but Deadline has indeed confirmed, once again, that the special will tell the story of Werewolf by Night. It’s unclear who Donnelly will be playing, but it is speculated that it may be Nina Price, AKA the Vampire by Night. In the comics, Price is the niece of Jack Russell. Time will tell if Bernal is playing either Russell or Jake Gomez and if Donnelly will be playing the Vampire by Night, setting the stage for a potential Midnight Sons crossover event film/series. Production is slated to begin in the next few months.
Donnelly is known chiefly for playing Zephyr Alexis Navine/Amelia True in HBO’s The Nevers. She also starred in Disney/Searchlight Pictures’s Tolkien. She played J.R.R. Tolkien’s mother, Mabel. Gael Garcia Bernal has recently starred in M. Night Shyamalan’s Old and will be starring in Niki Caro’s The Mother, co-starring Jennifer Lopez, Omari Hardwick, Joseph Fiennes, and Paul Raci.
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