Jona Xiao Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

Jona Xiao

Jona Xiao has joined the cast of Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opposite Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, Variety has learned exclusively.

Jon Watts is directing from a script written by “Vacation” helmers John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige are producing.

Other actors who have joined the cast over the summer as production began include Hannibal Buress, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Zendaya and Tony Revolori. The film is hitting theaters on July 7, 2017.


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Plot details are still guarded as is Xiao’s character. Holland is playing Peter Parker and Tomei will portray Aunt May while Keaton is on board for the role of a villain.

Xiao can next be seen recurring on the third season of AMC’s “Halt and Catch Fire,” in Fox’s “Keeping Up With the Joneses” opposite Zach Galifianakis and Jon Hamm and in Fox Searchlight’s “Gifted” opposite Chris Evans, Jenny Slate and Octavia Spencer. Her credits include “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Trophy Wife” and “Bones.”

She is represented by Pantheon Talent and Industry Entertainment.

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  1. thewiseone says:

    the thing is rex, mainland china doesn’t care about actors that aren’t homegrown. so any attempt to pander to them with westernised actors of asian descent is doomed to fail. where she was born is less important than where her star rose.

  2. loco73 says:

    There have been two takes on this character , in less than two decades, spanning a total of five movies…and none ended up well…do we really need a third try at reviving, rebooting, rebranding or re-whatever Spiderman?!

    These large franchise and tent pole movies are getting more and more expensive, massive and hard to manage, with ever inflating budgets. While for now in most cases the studios have calibrated the idiot-proof formula to the extent, that no matter how feeble, underdeveloped, thin and lacking any substance or coherence any of these movies exhibit, they are almost guaranteed to make money, and at the very least break even (not counting the after-effect marketing potential).

    But this moviemaking formula is wearing thin and is unsustainable in the long run, whether or not Hollywood and others are unwilling to acknowledge it…Eventually even the sheep-like audiences being constantly herded at the nearest multiplex, will tire of the same old same old drivel being shoved down their gullets.

    Then what?!

  3. curmudgeoninchief says:

    Why can’t she be Peter Parker’s Girlfriend, instead of Zendaya? Oh, yeah, Black Lies Matter, I forgot.

  4. Charles says:

    Yeah, Rex. Because it’s not possible to cast an Asian actress without it being pandering.

    As someone who’s followed Jona’s career since she was in high school, I can attest to her talent and hope this is truly a significant role that will serve as her breakthrough.

  5. Rex says:

    Well, obviously they’re pandering to the mainland Chinese market in addition (presumably) to finally addressing the ethnicity issues that have dogged them in recent months, but at least Marvel’s doing this with Asian-AMERICAN talent (and yes, I know she was born in China). Hopefully that means we won’t have to suffer yet more awkward and incongruous scenes set there because the studio prostrates itself for those precious screens.

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