How far would you go to save something you love? The new film “Chupa” ventures into familiar territory, exploring the bonds between a boy and an unlikely friend. In this care, teenager Alex travels to Mexico hoping to connect with his extended family. What he finds instead is a legendary creature in need of protection. The film hails from Jonás Cuarón (“Desierto”), the son of director Alfonso Cuarón. The director has long been attached to a new version of “Zorro,” but he’s currently in development on Sony’s Marvel adaptation “El Muerto.”
“Chupa” stars Demián Bichir, Christian Slater, Ashley Ciarra, Nickolas Verdugo, Adriana Paz, Gerardo Taracena, Julio Cesar Cedillo and introduces Evan Whitten as the young star of the movie coming to Netflix next month.
The film’s official synopsis:
Shy 13-year-old Alex (Evan Whitten) flies from Kansas City to Mexico to meet his extended family for the first time. There he meets his grandfather and former Lucha libre champion Chava (Demián Bichir), energetic, wrestling-obsessed cousin Memo (Nickolas Verdugo), and fearless, hip cousin, Luna (Ashley Ciarra). But just as Alex begins to get his bearings, he discovers a mythical creature living under his grandfather’s shed: a young chupacabra cub, which he recognizes from stories of the feared, full-grown chupacabra, fabled to feed on farmers’ livestock. Alex soon learns that his new friend “Chupa” has a secret history with his family and that dogged, dangerous scientist Richard Quinn (Christian Slater) is hunting the misunderstood creature to try and harness his powers. To protect Chupa from impending danger, Alex sets off on the adventure of a lifetime, one that will push the bonds of his newfound family to the brink and remind him that life’s burdens are lighter when you don’t have to carry them alone.
A legendary friendship unfolds in “Chupa.” The film debuts on Netflix April 7. Get your first look at the film below.