Cameras are currently rolling on the third live-action incarnation of the Spider-Man franchise and the world surrounding the web-slinger is coming more into focus every day. Hopes are high for the popular hero, as actor Tom Holland led the character to a triumphant return in last month's release of Captain America: Civil War.
For the first time, the juvenile hero was actually portrayed by a teenager and his youthful exuberance immediately connected with audiences worldwide. Now all attention has turned to Holland's first solo adventure in next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming as the cast continues to grow in new and dynamic directions with every subsequent announcement.
In the past week Martin Starr, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) and Michael Mando (Better Call Saul) have all reportedly joined the movie. However, the fun won't stop there as another notable actor has apparently grabbed a seat on the promising production.
TV and radio personality Sytonnia Moore recently took to Twitter after running into actor Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo) on the streets of Atlanta recently.
A tweet and hashtag is far from an official confirmation. Today THR confirmed that Woodbine has been cast as a villain in the film, who will certainly end up on the wrong side of Spidey's quips and fists. The actor has a vast filmography and established himself in the '90s with urban dramas such as Crooklyn and Dead Presidents, before expanding his range into almost every genre. Woodbine most recently made an impression last year with his scene-stealing performance in television's Fargo, so it would make sense for Marvel and Sony to secure the talented actor.
It seems that this is another strong decision in an increasingly diverse and dynamic cast that already has a solid foundation in Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton (as the villainous Vulture), Marisa Tomei and Donald Glover.
While it seems like a logical direction, it's still yet to be proved if director Jon Watts (Cop Car) can pull off the tricky execution. Judging from the casting of Holland down to Woodbine, they have assembled a cast that can fluctuate between comedy, drama and heartfelt emotion — all of which are necessary ingredients in an authentic Spidey movie. We will find out if the castings paid off one year from now, when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens on July 7, 2017.
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