Sunday, 24 July 2016

Spider-Man: Homecoming adds Hannibal Buress and more

The casting process for Spider-Man: Homecoming continues at full pelt as director Jon Watts (Cop Car) kicks off production on the latest incarnation of the friendly neighbourhood web slinger. Now news arrives via Variety that Hannibal Buress (Bad Neighbours 2), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg Jr. (Graceland) and J.J. Totah (Glee) are the latest to join.





With Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal overseeing the film for Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures and under their pact to share the character, Spider-Man: Homecoming finds Tom Holland's (The Impossible) Peter Parker dealing with events following Captain America: Civil War. He is back in Queens and must juggle the stresses and strains of high school and family life (alongside Marisa Tomei's Aunt May) while taking on villains such as Michael Keaton's (Birdman) Vulture.

He will have some help from Stark, as Robert Downey Jr. is on board to appear, and will face problems from a villain still shrouded in mystery (though expected to be the Vulture), played by Michael Keaton (Birdman).

Buress, who made his name on the comedy circuit and as a writer and performer, was most recently seen in Bad Neighbours 2, but no details have been revealed about his character in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Neither are there details for Amara, Lendeborg Jr. and Totah, whose casting was announced by The Hollywood Reporter.

Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Tony Revolori (Dope), Laura Harrier (The Last Five Years), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) and singer and actress Zendaya are also on board.

Cop Car (2015) director Jon Watts recently started cranking the cameras, and the film is scheduled to swing into UK cinemas on 7 July next year.

In related Spider-Man news, Sony Pictures Animation have announced that DreamWorks Animation veteran Bob Persichetti will direct the all digital Spider-Man film, which has a script by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie), and is expected to arrive in December 2018. No details were offered for the film, including whether it will be set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe or may, as rumours have suggested, focus on fan favourite Spidey Miles Morales.

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