June 18 (UPI) -- Demián Bichir has signed on to star in writer-director Jonas Cuaron's adventure film, Chupa, for Netflix.
The Godzilla vs. Kong and The Midnight Sky actor will lead a cast that includes Dominic Mariche, Adriel Manzano and Isabella Patron.
The movie is about a teen boy who discovers a chupacabra mythical creature living his grandfather's shed in Mexico.
"Demián, Dominic, Adriel and Isabella all bring a genuineness to the characters they play. Growing up in both Mexico and the United States, I'm fortunate to have my own life experiences to inspire the stories that I tell. It's even more special to have found a cast that is able to lend an additional layer of authenticity to Chupa," Cuaron said in a statement Thursday.
Chris Columbus -- whose credits include Goonies, Gremlins, Home Alone and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone -- is a producer on the project.
"A story is only as good as the actors who can make it come to life. Demián is an acclaimed actor and after an extensive search, we're thrilled with the true talent we've found in Adriel, Isabela and Dominic, all of whom lend heart and authenticity to their roles. We can't wait for people around the world to meet them and see just how special they make this film," Columbus said.
Cuarón wrote and directed Ano una and Desierto, and co-wrote Gravity with his father, Oscar-winner Alfonso Cuaron.