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Algenis Pérez Soto is a Dominican actor. He was discovered playing a casual game of baseball with friends and chosen to star in his first acting role, Sugar, a film about a baseball player’s struggle to rise from amateur playing to the major leagues, and to lift himself and his family from poverty to plenty.

Algenis Pérez Soto
Years active2007–present


Early lifeEdit

Soto grew up in Quisqueya, a suburb of San Pedro de Macoris, and dreamed of playing professional baseball.[citation needed] He grew up as the middle of three sons. By local standards, Soto’s family was well-off, with his mother working as a high school secretary and his father running a small business.[1] Soto graduated from high school and had taken computer classes.[citation needed] He played amateur baseball for three years in the hopes of being discovered by a scout, usually playing shortstop or second base.[citation needed] He also worked as front desk clerk at a hotel in San Pedro.[citation needed] Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck, discovered Soto playing baseball with friends, and interviewed him for the role. He was one of about 500 actors interviewed for the role.[2]


Soto speaks Dominican Spanish and knew little English until he prepared for and starred in the film Sugar, which was shot in the Dominican Republic, New York City, Arizona and Iowa.[3]

Soto has continued to live in the United States since the release of Sugar, saying, "I've been like a different person now. Hopefully, this opens more doors."[1]

Boden and Fleck cast Soto as Att-Lass, a member of Starforce for 2019's Captain Marvel.[4][5]


Year Title Role Notes
2008 Sugar Miguel
2017 Sambá Francisco Castillo
2018 La Isla Rota
2019 Captain Marvel Att-Lass
TBA Isolated Victim Dyson Romero Post-production


  1. ^ a b Piccalo, Gina (29 March 2009). "Sugar is Sweet for Algenis Perez Soto". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  2. ^ Diaz, Johnny (2009-04-11). "Young Actor's Got Major League Ambition". Boston Globe. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  3. ^ Anderson, John (2009-03-29). "A Ballplayer Seeks A Hit, A Hit Film". New York Times”. Retrieved 2009-04-19.
  4. ^ Dinh, Christine (March 26, 2018). "Production Underway on Marvel Studios' 'Captain Marvel'". Archived from the original on March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.
  5. ^ Cardona, Ian (September 5, 2018). "Captain Marvel's Starforce Team Includes a Familiar GotG Face". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 6, 2018. Retrieved September 5, 2018.

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