Marvel and Sony are looking to diversify their entire supporting cast for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which hits theaters in 2017. And they are starting with teen sensation and pop star Zendaya Coleman, who has landed a lead role. The character has not yet been identified. She will appear alongside Tom Holland, who stars as the new Peter Parker.
Jon Watts, who won raves for his indie thriller Cop Car this past summer, has signed onto direct this latest Spider-Man adventure, which brings the wall-crawler back to high school. Zendaya Coleman was amongst many actresses who tested for this unnamed role. It is not yet known if she will play the romantic lead in the movie. And it isn't know if the reboot will include Mary Jane Watson, Gwen Stacy or both.
Dateline's sources claim that she isn't playing Peter's girlfriend. No further details about the movie or its story have yet to be released. Tom Holland will first be introduced as Peter Parker in this summer's Captain America: Civil War. The only other cast member attached to the standalone reboot is Marisa Tomei, who is set to play Aunt May.
Zendaya Coleman, who most often just goes by the name Zendaya, is as famous for her singing as she is for her acting. She stared in the Disney Channel series Shake It Up, which debuted in 2010 and co-starred Bella Thorne. She also appeared on the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover. She most recently appeared at Harvey Weinstein's pre-Oscar party, where she performed 'Neverland' from the Weinstein stage musical Finding Neverland. She next lends her voice to the animated adventure Duck Duck Goose, which hits theaters later this year.
The Hollywood Report states that Zendaya's casting is part of Marvel and Sony's initiative to have a heavily multi-cultural cast for Spider-Man. It is expected that most of the supporting players will not be white. This follows a rumor from last year that popular Marvel comic book character Miles Morales, who takes over the role of Spider-Man in the comics, might also make an appearance.The character is half-Black, half hispanic and draws inspiration from President Barack Obama and actor-comedian-rapper Donald Glover. There is no confirmation that he will appear. So what do you think of this latest casting? And who do you think Zendaya will play?
Sources tell me that Marvel/Sony has been looking to go heavily non-white with the SPIDER-MAN supporting cast.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) March 7, 2016