Marisa Tomei to Play Aunt May in New ‘Spider-Man’ Movie (EXCLUSIVE)

Marisa Tomei to Play Aunt May

Now that Marvel and Sony have found their Peter Parker, the focus has turned to the aunt who raised him.

Sources tell Variety that Marisa Tomei is the choice to play Aunt May in the next installment of the “Spider-Man” franchise.

Sony and Marvel had no comment on the casting.

While insiders could not say where things stood in the deal-making process, they said an offer was made late last week for the Oscar-winning actress to join Tom Holland, who was recently tapped to play the webslinging superhero.

Marvel and Sony recently hand-picked Holland to play Spider-Man after months of meetings and screen tests with eager young actors, in addition to selecting “Cop Car” helmer Jon Watts to direct the pic.

The studios are still in the process of finding a writer to join Watts in the screenwriting process, but insiders explained that the top brass also wanted to lock down other actors who would appear in multiple films so schedules could be worked out before shooting commences next year.

Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal will produce the pic, and though Holland is expected to first appear in “Captain America: Civil War” in a cameo appearance as Parker, it seems more likely that Tomei will not appear until the first “Spider-Man” film bows on July 28, 2017.

The job marks a new direction for Tomei, who generally sticks to dramas like “The Ides of March” and “The Wrestler,” or romantic comedies like “Crazy Stupid Love” and “My Cousin Vinny” (which landed her an Oscar), rather than studio tentpoles.

She can be seen next in “Trainwreck” alongside Amy Schumer and is currently filming “The Big Short” with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. Tomei will also have a recurring role in the second season of Fox’s hit “Empire.” She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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  1. dk says:

    All u folks hating Marisa Tomei for playing Aunt May, do you seriously want a 15 year old super to be raise by a 70 year old lady????

  2. Jim Harlow says:

    Why not cast a teenage actress as Aunt May? Even though she is supposed to be an elderly old woman, teens want to see themselves reflected onscreen. So if she’s old and elderly and hot, the studio may bring in a wider audience. In fact, if everyone cast is twelve years old, the teen market will feel better about watching younger people onscreen. And the villain…. can we make him seven? After all, the whole Fantastic Four cast is being played by actors much too young for their roles, and that way, no one will notice… that the people making casting decisions are becoming ridiculous.

  3. Marco says:

    I love Marisa Tomei. Very talented and beautiful too.
    Didn’t we have all this a couple of years ago, when they cast ‘super-hot’ Diane Lane as Ma Kent in the Superman ‘Man of Steel’ films?
    They’ll probably use make-up like they did on Diane Lane’s ‘Ma Kent’ to make her look less ‘hot’. She is a great actress and I’m sure she’ll be great in ‘Spiderman’, as Diane Lane was in ‘Man of Steel’.

  4. p4jimmy says:

    And now I wanna “do” Peter Parker’s aunt. Never thought I’d say that.

  5. Bea of FakeABaby says:

    Ok, a bombshell Aunt May for a change! :D What’s happening?!!

  6. hornacek says:

    This is ridiculous. Tomei is a good actress, but this is not how Aunt May should look.

    She is Peter’s mother-figure, but she is not his mother. She is his elderly aunt. The whole reason he does not tell her his secret identity is in the Ditko and Romita runs (and beyond) is because he is worried that her heart won’t take the shock. Having someone who looks like Marisa Tomei as Aunt May is just the marketing department saying “We can’t have someone old as Aunt May! We want the male audience to see her as a MILF!”

  7. Tim says:

    Why? Why would you want to reblog this rumor-filled, swiss cheese article that blatantly contradicts itself? Man, you people give Variety way too much credit!

  8. You could cast me in this movie and I still wouldn’t care about another Spiderman reboot

  9. Rey says:

    She’s definitely a New Yorker, sweet jesus I hope they get Joe Pesci to play Uncle Ben

  10. Mickey says:

    Unbelievable. Isn’t this the THIRD reset of the Spiderman franchise in the 21st Century? My God. Somebody PLEASE have an original idea.

  11. buffalobilly says:

    o dear lord
    the epitome of boring and ……boring.
    her movies are marked by zzzzzz.

  12. Rymill Bonython says:

    Aunt May just became a hottie…

  13. James says:

    Please be more interesting, cast a Catherine Keener instead.

  14. Wildflower says:

    I’ll wait for the Aunt May & Uncle Ben “How We Met” prequel…

  15. jazz says:

    for the next reboot, aunt may will be played by miley cyrus…

  16. Leon says:

    I guess sex will always sell. Tomei your better then this.

  17. Adrian says:

    This new spider-man is sounding pretty great.

  18. Daniel Smith says:

    Ayyyyyy lmao

  19. Al Swearengen says:

    I am now attracted to Aunt May.

  20. jimbob says:

    I’m so done with Spiderman reboots.

  21. Norrin Radd says:

    Just wait until she picks up a S-M book and sees what Aunt May looks like. Y’know what, this ain’t gonna happen. It’s just toooo dumb.

  22. Gary says:

    Can we get american actors to play our American heros pleeeeeeeeeeeese??????? I mean Tom Holland? Really?

  23. mattack says:

    Isn’t she WAY too young?

  24. Tim says:

    Why not Mo’nique?

  25. WHY??…………………SHE TOO BEAUITIFUL to play an AUNT?……….OR Grandma?

  26. Tim says:

    Is it not a good idea to wait until this is a done deal and confirmed by Marvel/Sony before declaring her cast in the role for your headline? More irresponsible reporting by Variety, in which the entire industry picks up and runs with. Tell it like it is!!

  27. jedijones77 says:

    Gawd, can the media’s obsession with youth get any worse? Aunt May has ALWAYS been portrayed as an elderly, gray-haired woman in EVERY incarnation of her character. Sam Raimi’s perfect casting of Rosemary Harris gave a wonderful opportunity for an elderly Hollywood actress to show how good she could be in a major movie. Everyone across the board from fans to general audiences to critics thought Aunt May was perfectly cast, played and written in Raimi’s movies. Now we’re dropping from age 75 to 50 (with an intermediate stop at age 65 with Sally Field in the last 2 films, also a terrible casting choice). How does an actress go from playing a stripper to Aunt May in 5 years? Will Aunt May be an 18-year-old raising a 4-year-old Spider-Baby in the next reboot?

  28. Dana Ernest says:

    Love Marisa Tomei, but holy heck am I sick of Spider Man movies. Don’t care who is in it honestly, stop remaking the same story every other year. Anyone else tired of this recycling stuff?

    • Tim says:

      We don’t know that this new Marvel-driven vehicle will be the same recycled stuff yet. And there were considerable differences between both franchises. I just think it’s sad things had to get to this point before Sony handed some creative control over to Marvel and now Marvel has this huge uphill battle in trying to win over the public’s perception that agrees with yours.

  29. Robert Dassler says:

    She’s the appropriate age to be an aunt of a 16 year old boy. There is no problem here.

  30. DC says:

    My “spider sense” is tingling. If you know what I mean. ;-)

  31. jazz says:

    too young for aunt may…but then again, in hollywood nowadays, anyone over thirty is considered too old…

    • CL says:

      Sally Field may look young for her years, but she is 70. Marisa Tomei looks young for her years at 50, and doesn’t fit the traditional Aunt May type at all. It’s not technically the age of Aunt May that matters–but she’s supposed to be slightly out of it, overly worried, maternal but occasionally comic. Marisa Tomei seems too savvy/sexy for that. Oh, well — Tomei’s a fabulous actress, and I’m glad she’s in something big. But no power on earth could get me to watch another Spider-Man reboot at this point.

    • Nick says:

      I thought that about Sally Field, but then she was brilliant. Let’s wait till we see her on screen to judge.

    • She’s 50. So I’d say she is okay.

  32. lukeshow24 says:

    Well there’s A.M.I.L.F. If ever was one.

  33. Spider says:

    So nice to see she’s in demand again. Good for her.

  34. Carl says:

    Interesting choice. It is funny because she is the right age to be the aunt of a teenager. However, Aunt May is usually portrayed as a little old lady, which she definitely is not. I really like her as an actress but “hot Aunt May” seems weird.

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