While the iconic Miles Morales character was referenced in last year's Spider-Man: Homecoming, fans will get to see an animated version of this youngster in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony's highly-anticipated movie that hits theaters in December. Shameik Moore is voicing Miles Morales, and while promoting his upcoming movie Isle of Dogs, Liev Schreiber revealed new details about the movie, although he still can't say which character he's playing quite yet. When asked about what got him excited for the movie, Liev Schreiber revealed that it was actually the previous work of the animation team.
"It was actually the animation team. The guys who are working on it, I saw their work and said, 'Wow! These guys are special.' And it is. It's going to be pretty special, from what I've seen so far. And I haven't seen much, but it's pretty special. They're super-talented. And just working with them in the brief time that we did on my stuff, I've been in a bunch of these different situations, and these guys have their ducks in a row. And they're collaborative. They know what they want and they're clear, they've got all their sequences and their animatics, but you come up at them with a creative idea and they shift, they do it nimbly and with great execution. But it also is anamorphic ... ooo I don't know if I should have said that. If you know something about film, that's an amazing thing for an animated film to do that well. Anamorphic is the stretched-out format and it really is a much broader, bigger canvas, which is unusual for animation because you're generally trying to focus the action. These guys have decided to go anamorphic with it and it's stunning. If you've seen that trailer, you already get a sense of what it is."
The voice cast for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse also includes Oscar winner Mahershala Alil as Aaron Davis, the character played by Donald Glover in Spider-Man who is the uncle of Miles Morales and also becomes the Prowler, and Brian Tyree Henry as Aaron's brother Jefferson Davis. While he would not divulge his charcter's identity, Liev Schreiber revealed that they took some "big chances" on the voice. Here's what he had to say below, where he also compares his work on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse with his work on Isle of Dogs.
"I don't know if I'm allowed to talk about that yet, but I will tell you that it was much more of a character and much more of a voice, like a full ... We took some big chances on that. By the way, it looks amazing. It was a lot more work (but) one session. But you know, I'm fast. I'm good at this stuff. I got a lot of practice with this from doing Dogs and spending so much time in the recording booth. And also from directing a little bit, I know the short-cuts. I can tell when a director doesn't like something and I can tell when they want to go ... especially with voice work, you can't be too precious about your work. 'That didn't work. Goodbye.'"
Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman all direct Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse from a script by Phil Lord, with Christina Steinberg producing. Sony Pictures has set a December 14 release date for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which puts it up against 20th Century Fox's Mortal Engines. You can head over to Collider for their interview with Liev Schreiber.