Bad Bunny dominated music in 2020 as Spotify’s most-streamed artist with three successful releases this year so it seems only natural he’s branching out into acting now. Deadline reports El Conejo Malo joined the cast of the upcoming film Bullet Train with an all-star cast that includes Brad Pitt, Joey King, Aaron Taylor Johnson, and Michael Shannon. Based on the Japanese novel Maria Beetle by bestselling author Kotaro Isaka, the film is centered on a group of hitmen with conflicting motives on a train in Tokyo. The book was released in 2010 and has yet to be translated in the U.S. but the captivating story and plot twists make it a promising hit for Benito.
This isn’t his only upcoming film, he has also joined the cast of American Sole so either film could be his big-screen debut in 2021/22. No word yet on what his roles are in either film. American Sole follows two men in their twenties in serious college debt who get into the after-market sneaker reselling biz to make fast cash only to have it unravel after the cash runs out and a shady investor comes into play.
His first foray into acting is his starring role in season three of Narcos: Mexico on Netflix which started filming before the pandemic and was subsequently put on hold. The 26-year-old Puerto Rican trap star will play Arturo “Kitty” Paez, a member of Ramon Arellano Felix’s gang of rich, well-connected kids who fell in with the cartel called “Narco Juniors”, Entertainment Tonight reported. The true-crime series is focused on the illegal drug trade in Mexico that debuted Nov. 2018, no release date has been announced for season three.
While it looks like 2021 is shaping up to be another successful year for Bad Bunny, he’s still fresh off the massive success of his latest album El Último Tour Del Mundo out Nov. 27. It became the No. 1 album in America and made history as it was the first time in the Billboard album chart’s 64-year history the No. 1 album is all in Spanish. The album came after May’s Las Que No Iban a Salir and February’s YHLQMDLG, which was Spotify’s most-streamed album globally, totaling 3.3 billion streams to date.
With a growing roster of films, he’s clearly set his sights on making as big a splash in Hollywood as he’s already made in the music world.
“I always wanted to make movies and act, so it’s a dream come true,” he told ET last month following the news of his role in Narcos: Mexico. “I’m so happy. There’s a lot of lines, but I’m good at memorizing. You know, I have a big head.”