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Disney Channel picks up Blue Demon Jr. superhero comedy series


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The Disney Channel has picked up a series that features lucha libre star Blue Demon Jr. playing a version of himself.

It was announced on Thursday that the Disney Channel has given a series order to "Ultra Violet & Blue Demon," a live-action superhero comedy series starring Blue Demon Jr. and the Disney Channel's Scarlett Estevez. Here's the synopsis for the series:

A magical luchador mask selects 13-year-old Violet to become Ultra, the superhero successor to her uncle, who is the famous Mexican wrestler Blue Demon Jr. and a superhero-in-disguise. Ultra begins her own secret superhero training with her uncle, all while having to navigate the ups and downs of middle school. As they start to work together, Uncle Blue realizes he can learn a few things from Ultra’s modern Gen-Z take on crime-fighting.

“Blue Demon Jr. is a Mexican cultural icon and we are looking forward to introducing him -- and the luchador mythology -- to our viewers,” said Rafael Garcia, vice president, Development, Disney Branded Television. “With Violet and her family, we also have the opportunity to present an authentic Mexican American family in a series that combines humor and adventure in a unique Latinx shake-up of the superhero genre.”

Blue Demon Jr. will be a co-executive producer of the series. The Disney Channel noted that "Ultra Violet & Blue Demon" will showcase a predominately Latinx main cast and producing team. The series also stars "Marianna Burelli as Violet’s mother, Nina; Juan Alfonso as Violet’s father, Sebastian; Brandon Rossel as Violet’s brother, Miguelito; Zelia Ankrum as Violet’s best friend, Trudy; and Bryan Blanco as Violet’s goody-two-shoes classmate Enrique Diaz-Diaz."

Deadline reported in January 2020 that Disney Channel had given "Ultra Violet & Blue Demon Jr." a cast-contingent pilot order that was largely based on finding who would play Blue Demon Jr.'s co-star.