Zendaya Joins ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

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Zendaya has landed a key role in Marvel and Sony’s “Spider-Man” reboot starring Tom Holland, sources confirmed to Variety.

Jon Watts is directing the currently untitled “Spider-Man” film from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing the movie, which focuses on a teenage Peter Parker’s high school days.

Holland is starring as Parker, while Zendaya’s role is still under wraps. Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May.

Zendaya was one of a handful of actresses who had been testing with Holland for the past couple of weeks, but insiders stress that the character is neither Parker’s love interest nor a lead role. She will, however, play a bigger part in future installments.

Plot details are still being heavily guarded.

Holland’s Spider-Man will first make an appearance in the upcoming “Captain American: Civil War” with a standalone pic bowing on July 7, 2017. Production is expected to start this summer.

Zendaya is the star of the Disney Channel series “Shake It Up!” and “K.C. Undercover.” The actress-singer also appeared on “Dancing With the Stars” in 2013 and recently had a guest role on “Black-ish.”

She is repped by CAA and Monster Talent Management. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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  1. Kayla says:

    Deadline, the people who broke the news said they don’t know if Zendaya’s character is a love interest or not, but that it doesn’t sound like a love interest only b/c Peter has only dated MJ and Gwen.

    Also, Deadline has said that she’s been cast as a lead and is in a key role, so what sources are you guys listening to.

  2. The word is that her character’s name is “Michelle” and that she may be Michelle Gonzales, Peter’s roomate from the Brand New Day era. Peter and Michelle slept together when he was drunk, then Marvel said “surprise, Peter only thought he was drunk”.

    Then Chameleon impersonated Peter and had sex with Michelle (i.e. rape). Then Marvel said “No, they just made out, how could think they had sex, even though the story implicitly shows that they were going off panel to have sex, you readers are sick.”

    She always was a terrible character but they eventually made her psychotic: barging into Peter’s room with a shotgun, selling his clothes, destroying his property in the garbage disposal – activities that in real life would have had her arrested. There is nothing good about this character. If it is her, I had zero interest in seeing her on the big screen.

    • Kayla says:

      She is black, they will not cast a black actress to play a Latina character unless they want backlash.

      • JoJo says:

        I’m sorry but there are plenty of movies played by a different ethnicities then described what about all the egyptian movies played by an all white cast joe gylenhall played a persian prince in prince of persia, robie downie junior was done up in black face in tropic thunder… The list goes on. Ass long as she plays the role well then it really doesn’t matter now does it.

  3. Alex says:

    Cindy moon

    • Kayla says:

      Cindy is Asian, Zendaya is black, so no.

      • JoJo says:

        She can play an asian character there are penny of characters that where supposed to be one ethnicity but are played by another. Any egyptian movie out has had an all-white cast.

  4. Lex says:

    Let me guess, she plays Flash Thompson.

  5. Hopefully they’ll recast this role.

  6. stevenkovacs says:

    Mariss Tomei is waaay to hot to be Aunt May!
    Adding Zendaya does nothing to elevate interest in yet another Spiderman rehash

  7. DarthB says:

    how many dam spiderman “reboots” we gona have??!!

  8. I think they might cast her as Ava Ayala, White Tiger. I would like a live action adaptation of Ultimate Spider-Man, and she would be a great fit.

  9. El Pintor says:

    I sense “Black Cat” for this role. They wouldn’t keep an MJ role “that” under wraps. Black Cat would be perfect this time around.

  10. Gage says:

    She’s a terrible actress.

  11. Tomei is too hot to be Aunt May.

  12. marco says:

    I’m probably not going to opening weekend. not because I don’t care about this film, I’m actually excited to see Marvel finally involved in a Spiderman film. But because I want to find out if they show Spiderman’s origin story again. If this film includes his origin yet again, I’m OUT.

    • cj2982 says:

      No origin story this time. It’s already been confirmed. I think they know that everyone is aware of his origin by now and that it doesn’t need to be told for the third time in 15 years.

  13. Nick says:

    I knew it was only a matter of time before Disney started forcing Disney Channel actors into the MCU.

    • Tim says:

      If you think you might get an origin story you’ve been living under a rock for the last year.

    • Pitt says:

      This is a Sony movie and Sony is responsible for casting. If Disney was going to shoehorn one of their actors into MCU, they’ve had like 15 films to do it. It’s pretty clear that’s not their agenda.

    • marco says:

      Probably get ’em for a good price.

  14. Ivan says:

    The Spider-Man horse has been beaten enough – please give the poor thing a break and stop with the reboots.

  15. Murica! says:

    They better not do another useless race change. There is no need for Mary Jane or Gwen Stacy to be black.

    • Spencer says:

      And they need to be white because… ?

      • iamsheep says:

        Well the character was white in the comics with red hair…those are the physical attributes of the character…I can imagine fans not happy about a change, regardless of what race is changed…I mean if she became a blonde they’d be pissed too…its about race until they make it about race…

    • Tony says:

      “another useless race change” – yeah, because Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury was such a disaster. A white actor would have been so much better….
      I’m curious if you made a similar post when Marvel switched The Ancient One in the Dr. Strange movie from Asian to white.

      • Pitt says:

        MCU Nick Fury was based on the Ultimate universe Nick Fury, who (fun fact) was based on Samuel L. Jackson.

    • Rex says:

      They also better not do another origin story. EVERYBODY KNOWS already! MOVE ON, Marvel.

      • Kene says:

        Seriously, have you not been paying attention to the news around this film? It’s already been confirmed to not be an origin story.

    • maribel says:

      Not a love interest.

  16. Ted says:

    Not Mary Jane. NOT MARY JANE. NOT MARY JANE.

  17. Paula says:

    How many reboots of Spider-Man do we need? Getting a little sick of this.

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