Thursday, June 23, 2016

Abraham Attah, Hannibal Buress, Donald Glover, Bokeem Woodbine and more join 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Tom Holland made his fantastic debut as Spider-Man in a limited capacity in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War, but it won't be long now until the web-slinger gets his own solo feature from the studio. Set for release on July 7, 2017, Spider-Man: Homecoming is one of the most hotly anticipated upcoming Marvel films. Directed by Jon Watts with a script from John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein, Homecoming has the unique opportunity of rebooting the iconic character and taking him back to his high school days. With filming underway, Marvel is making a series of final adjustments to a phenomenal cast that already included Holland, Marisa Tomei, Kenneth Choi, Zendaya, Michael Keaton, and Tony Revolori. If that stellar lineup wasn't enough for you, these next few additions will surely please a wide range of film fans.

The Homecoming news train started early last week, as Deadline reported on June 14 that Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) has joined the cast of the film in an unspecified role. Glover was an early fan favorite to play Miles Morales in Marvel's rebooted Spidey, but those rumors never panned out. Or did they? Could we see Peter Parker and Miles exist in the same universe? It would be slightly surprising to me, but I wouldn't put it out of the question. Nonetheless, Glover is one of the most charismatic figures in modern pop culture, a multi-talented artist who brings a lot to the MCU. I was pretty pumped when I saw that he was joining the cast. But even with that exciting addition, the Spidey news was just getting started.

Two days later, The Wrap reported that Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr are both in negotiations to join the cast of Homecoming, once again for unspecified roles (although The Wrap does note that Marshall-Green would be playing a villain). Starr is featured on HBO's Silicon Valley as well as a variety of Seth Rogen flicks, while Marshall-Green's credits include Prometheus. It's important to note that he's also widely known as the long-lost twin brother of Tom Hardy. That's critical information. Marshall-Green is good in Prometheus and Starr has always been funny in Rogen's wacky comedic world. Both seem like a good fit for this film.

On Monday, The Hollywood Reporter added to the avalanche of Homecoming casting news, revealing that newcomers Isabella Amara, Jorge Landenborg Jr., and J.J. Totah have joined the film. All three of these kids have had bit parts elsewhere, but my familiarity with them is incredibly minimal. So I didn't have much of a reaction to this news. Later in the day, Variety joined in too, exclusively reporting that Hannibal Buress has joined the cast as well. Buress, the talented star of Neighbors and Daddy's Home, is one of the fastest rising comic stars in the country, and was actually instrumental in bringing down Bill Cosby. He deserves to be a superstar.

A Tuesday set photo revealed that Selenis Leyva, star of TV's Orange is the New Black, will also be in the film, but the bigger news came later in the day. Deadline popped up again, exclusively reporting that Beasts of No Nation's Abraham Attah will be starring in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Attah was brilliant in Cary Fukunaga's grueling war film and I'm so happy that he's successfully making the transition into the mainstream. I have a feeling that he's going to be a huge breakout star. This is truly a great addition for the Homecoming cast.

The Hollywood Reporter added tonight that Better Call Saul's Michael Mando has joined the cast, but the more interesting report came from a slightly less conventional source. Nothing official has come out of any of the trades thus far, but according to a fan who ran into him, Fargo's Bokeem Woodbine has joined the cast. Woodbine is phenomenal as the cold-blooded enforcer Mike Milligan in season 2 of the hit FX show, and having just binge-watched that, I'm very pumped to hear that he's joining the MCU.

Overall, this sounds like an incredible ensemble that is coming together and with all these great additions, it's almost too much to process. It looks like Jon Watts is doing this right and I can't wait to see what he puts together.

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