Unveiling ‘Cassandro’: Trailer Spotlights the First Openly Gay Luchador With an Appearance by Bad Bunny

Unveiling 'Cassandro': Trailer Spotlights the First Openly Gay Luchador with An Appearance by Bad Bunny

Bad Bunny is making his way into the silver screen in the upcoming biopic “Cassandro.” The movie, whose trailer was just released, is a Prime Video original that depicts the life of Saúl Armendáriz.

Armendáriz, who was also known as Cassandro, was a trailblazing luchador from El Paso, Texas.  

Cassandro’s story isn’t confined to the wrestling ring—it’s a saga of courage that reshaped perceptions. As the world’s first openly gay luchador, he grappled not only with opponents but with societal biases and age-old norms. His legacy extends beyond the sport, marking a pivotal moment where identity met athleticism in a groundbreaking way. 

Yet, “Cassandro” isn’t just a depiction of valor—it’s a testament to the intertwining of lives. It will prove to be a testament that there is pride in living your truth despite what society believes to be right.  

Thoughts On Bad Bunny Playing a Queer Character

A film where the protagonist is part of the LGBTQ+ community is definitely a step in the right direction. It’s particularly an exciting project considering that the character the movie explores is from the Latino/e community. In other words, this film is attempting to capture the intersection of being queer and Latino/e, which is a difficult thing in itself.  

Even though the film will receive a lot of recognition because of its star-studded cast, it is important to note the sensitivity that this film deserves.  

It’s not to say that there are any ill intentions with the casting decisions, but it is interesting to note how Bad Bunny is yet again partaking in a queer narrative. And some would say he is queer-baiting.  

If you’re unfamiliar with the term queer-baiting, it is a strategy used to bait and tease queer people into consuming a desired product or form of entertainment. In this case, it’s a movie. However, Benito has “flirted” with the queer community in the past. For instance, he dressed up as a drag queen during his “Yo Perreo Sola” video and kissed a dancer during one of his most recent performances. There are other queer-esque events where he inserted himself.  

Sure, there’s nothing wrong in acting or doing something for the sake of entertainment, but let’s not forget to give spaces to real queer people who continue to be demonized on a day-to-day basis. 

Cinematic Marvel: An Unveiling of ‘Cassandro’

The impending release of “Cassandro” promises an engrossing portrayal, with Gael García Bernal stepping into the role of the remarkable luchador. The trailer offers a tantalizing glimpse into a world where wrestling fervor and genuine sentiment collide. Amidst the intensity, it’s the palpable emotional connection that truly captivates. 

As “Cassandro” readies to take center stage, it beckons audiences to dive into a realm where staying true to your identity reigns supreme. 

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