Long before Tom Holland was cast as Peter Parker in Spider-Man: Homecoming, a grass-roots campaign had sprung up for Community star Donald Glover to be cast as Miles Morales in this reboot. The actor ultimately got his wish, in a way, since he was eventually brought on to voice Miles Morales in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. Today we have word that Donald Glover has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the character he's playing has not been revealed.
Deadline reports that they are waiting for clarification about who Donald Glover will play. While it's certainly possible that the 32-year-old actor could be playing high school student Miles Morales, it may be unlikely, since the studios cast 19-year-old Tom Holland as Peter Parker. Still, Andrew Garfield was in his late 20s when he played the teenage Parker in The Amazing Spider-Man, so we'll have to wait and see.
Regardless of who he's playing, Donald Glover will join a cast that also includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the villain, reportedy Vulture, Zendaya Coleman as the female lead, a character named Michelle, Tony Revolori as Peter Parker's high school nemesis and Laura Harrier and Michael Barbieri in unspecified roles. Robert Downey Jr. has also signed on to reprise his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man, following his interactions with Peter in Captain America: Civil War.
Sony and Marvel haven't confirmed when production will begin quite yet, and no story details have been released quite yet. We know that the studios are skipping the origin story that has been told in the past two iterations of Spider-Man, with this movie reportedly starting a new trilogy set during Peter's high school years. It has been rumored that each movie will be set during one year of his high school career, as Peter balances his school work with his crime fighting activities. Sony has already set a July 7, 2017 release date for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing. Donald Glover most recently starred in last year's Magic Mike XXL and Best Picture nominee The Martian. The actor also stars in and created the upcoming FX series Atlanta, which is slated to debut later this summer.