With Spider-Man: Homecoming still in the early days of production, it's never too late to add a few more cast members as shooting continues in Atlanta. Today we have word that there will be two somewhat surprising new additions to the cast, with actress and stand up comedian Martha Kelly and UFC fighter Tyron Woodley signing on for unspecified roles. We don't know for sure when they'll start filming, but Tyron Woodley's involvement may have been hinted at this weekend.
The UFC aired its latest pay-per-view event UFC 201 on Saturday night, and for those who watched the event, young star Tom Holland was spotted in the crowd, which wasn't terribly surprising since the fight took place in Atlanta, where the movie is shooting, and where Tyron Woodley knocked out Robbie Lawler to win the welterweight title. Deadline reported on Martha Kelly's casting, although Tyron Woodley revealed the news in an interview after his victory on Saturday night.
"I don't know if I can even say this, but I'm working on a Marvel movie on Thursday in Atlanta."
Regardless of who they're playing, Tyron Woodley and Martha Kelly join a cast that also includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton, reportedly as the villain Vulture, Tony Revolori as Flash Thompson, the schoolyard nemesis of Peter Parker, Angourie Rice, rumored to be playing Betty Brant and Logan Marshall-Green, said to be playing The Tinkerer. The cast is rounded out by Laura Harrier, Michael Barbieri, Martin Starr, Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendenborg Jr., J.J. Totah, Donald Glover, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Bokeem Wodbine, Michael Mando and Abraham Attah. There have been rumors that Michael Mando is playing the villain Carnage, while Abaraham Attah is rumored to play Miles Morales. Robert Downey Jr. is also returning as Tony Stark/Iron Man, which isn't terribly surprising since Tony Stark and Peter Parker first met in this summer's Captain America: Civil War.
Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing Spider-Man: Homecoming from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation). Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing, with Marvel and Sony setting a July 7, 2017 release date. It isn't known how long production is supposed to last on Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the movie currently has its release date to itself, opening one week before 20th Century Fox's War of the Planet of the Apes and one week after Sony's Uncharted, Universal's Despicable Me 3 and Warner Bros. The House.
Martha Kelly made her acting debut earlier this year as the series regular character Martha in the FX comedy series Baskets, after several years as a successful stand up comedian. She also stars in the comedy Infinity Baby alongside Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally and Martin Starr. Aside from his exploits in the octagon, Tyron Woodley has had a burgeoning career in movies and TV as well. He had a small, uncredited role in Straight Outta Compton and he also stars in the upcoming Kickboxer: Vengeance, Sultan and Blunt Force. He has also served as a stunt performer on Olympus Has Fallen, Straight Outta Compton, Kickboxer: Vengeance and Sultan. Stay tuned for more on Spider-Man: Vengeance as filming continues.