Following his scene-stealing appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland is set to make his solo debut in director John Watt’s standalone Spider-Man picture next summer. And judging by the cast being assembled around the new webslinger, this is shaping up to be something pretty special.
The Oscar-winning actress has had a solid run of late, with great roles in the likes of Sidney Lumet’s When The Devil Knows You’re Dead and Darren Arronofsky’s The Wrestler. She is considerably younger than the previous incarnations played by Rosemary Harris and Sally Field, not to mention the original comic book version. Expect her to be closer to the Ultimate version of May than the archetypal older version of the classic run. That version was more active and had a mutual banter with Peter which could serve as a solid foundation for a more contemporary take on the character.
The other big name of the cast, Keaton’s role has not been clarified, but he is probably going to be playing the film’s Big Bad. Current speculation is that he will be playing the Vulture or Norman Osborne. If the filmmakers want to keep making breaks with the previous Spider-Man series, there are a wealth of other villains available who have yet to be seen on the big screen. And Keaton’s a talented, interesting performer, so it would be a bit of disservice to make him play a character we’ve already seen. Try imagining Keaton as Mysterio the deranged special effects wizard, or reality star Kraven the Hunter (I’d pay to see that!) — with a talent like his, the possibilities are almost limitless.
Community star/rapper Glover gained major fan buzz six years ago when the last casting call went out for a new Spider-Man. Sadly Andrew Garfield got the gig and Glover had to settle for the consolation prizes of a voice role as Ultimate Spidey Miles Morales on TV and a sight gag at the beginning of Community ’s second season. Odds are he might play a mentor to Peter, perhaps a school teacher or Robbie Robertson, The Daily Bugle’s longtime editor and Parker’s strongest supporter.
Joining Glover in the comedy corner (maybe) is Martin Starr. A reliable supporting player for the past decade, he’s lent his dry wit to everything from Knocked Up to Adventureland, and will probably be performing the same services here.
The Disney TV alum will be playing the role of Michelle. With no sign of Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy, odds are that Zendaya may be filling a similar role — or the producers could be pulling a John Harrison and Zendaya is really playing either or. It would make for a nice change of pace if the filmmakers went with a new character — both MJ and Gwen might still be too firmly etched in the audience’s memory, and since it will only have been three years since The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it makes sense that they would want to make as clean a break as possible with the past.
Fresh off his supporting roles in last year’s sleeper Dope and The Grand Budapest Hotel, Revolori will be going back to high school as Manuel. Nothing else is known about the character, but he will probably be playing one of Peter’s school friends.
Michael Barbieri and Laura Harrier
These relative newcomers will probably be joining Revolori as Peter’s school friends. Barbieri has been getting some notices from the Greg Kinnear movie Little Men, and has Stephen King’s The Dark Tower on his slate as well.
Choi is a familiar face from film and TV. Probably best known for playing Henry Lin on Sons of Anarchy, he also recently played Judge Lance Ito in People vs OJ Simpson. A strong, dependable supporting player, no details of his role have been released so far, but don’t be surprised if his role is more substantial than ‘school teacher’.
Robert Downey Jr
Providing an anchor to the wider MCU, Downey Jr. will make an appearance as Tony Stark. Expect plenty of snarky repartee with Parker, and it would not be too much of a stretch if he tried to put the moves on Aunt May.