Wilmer Valderrama, who plays a foreign exchange student on FOX’s That ’70s Show, is jumping on the superhero bandwagon. The 24-year-old actor will play the lead in El Muerto the big-screen adaptation of the indie comic book by Javier Hernandez.
El Muerto — literally The Dead — centers on twenty-something Diego de la Muerte, a mild-mannered Whittier, California guy who is on his way to a Day of the Dead mixer when he takes an ill-advised detour. He’s abducted and then killed in a ritual sacrifice, only to be resurrected as El Muerto, the Aztec Zombie, by Mictlantecuhtli, the Aztec God of Death. In this incarnation, Diego is charged to fight injustice for the living and dead alike.