Two actors from the upcoming Netflix series ‘The Chosen One’ have been killed and six others who were part of the cast and crew were injured after the van they were traveling in crashed near Mulegé on the Baja California Sur peninsula in Mexico.
The accident was not on the show’s set, but occurred while in transit from Santa Rosalía to the local airport on June 16, Netflix said in a statement to USA TODAY.
Local media reported the accident happened on Thursday and said the van overturned after going off the road in a desert area. The crew apparently worked in the nearby Santa Rosalía area at the time.
The two actors who died in the crash were identified Friday as Raymundo Garduño Cruz and Juan Francisco González Aguilar, according to the Baja California Department of Culture.
Netflix describes the plot of “The Chosen One” as a series about a 12-year-old boy who learns he is the return of Jesus Christ and “destined to save mankind.” It is based on a comic book series by Mark Millar and Peter Gross. It’s not related to any other show featured on the streaming service of the same name. This show features three doctors aiming to bring a Zika vaccine to the remote Pantanal region of South America.
Millar, who previously worked at Marvel Comics, created properties such as Kingsman and Kick-Ass — as well as the “American Jesus” comics on which “The Chosen One” is based — and founded Millarworld. Netflix acquired the company, run by Millar and his wife, Lucy, in 2017. The following year, the streaming company announced plans to produce a TV series based on “American Jesus,” along with other projects.
Production of the show has been temporarily halted by Redrum, the production company.
Friends of the victims have raised concerns with The Daily Beast over complaints from ‘The Chosen One’ cast about poor transportation and poor logistics.
“It fills me with rage that there are reports of abuse and exploitation shared by people involved in the production,” Liliana Conlisk Gallegos, who said she is a friend of González Aguilar, known professionally, told the Daily. under the name “Paco Mufote”. Stupid. “I would like to demand that this be investigated further. If there is nothing wrong, then there should be no problem with providing the information.”
Netflix has not commented on the allegations, noting that an investigation into the accident is ongoing.
On Twitter, actor and director Fernando Bonilla said that Garduño Cruz was “a festive and generous friend”.
“It is imperative that the production report the number of hours of rest of the driver who lost control of the truck,” he wrote of the accident.
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