We’re less than a year away from the release of the newest Spider-Man film making it’s way to theaters. There’s been quite a bit of hype surrounding this film, partially due to very diverse and unique casting that’s taken place so far. One specific actress that’s going to be starring in the Spidey film is Zendaya (Shake it up). Here involvement in this film is nothing new, but the role she’s playing has been somewhat shrouded in secrecy for quite some time, with us only being told that she’ll be playing an original character named Michelle. But now, reports are coming in that she’s playing someone who Spider-Man fans know quite well.
TheWrap is exclusively reporting that Zendaya is playing no other than Peter Parker’s most popular love interest, Mary Jane Watson. They left their sources unnamed, and Sony has refused to comment on this rumor so far, so like all rumors, this should be taken with a grain of salt.
Now let’s just ignore the fact that this is a rumor and look at the positive aspects of what this could mean for the film. While MJ was in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy (played by Kirsten Dunst), this will be the first time that we’ll see Peter try to juggle a love interest in his normal life and his secret identity all at once, since these reboots will be focusing on Peter’s high school years a lot. Obviously there’s the obvious fact that Zendaya looks nothing like Mary Jane, who’s always been portrayed as a Caucasian redhead. But director Jon Watts has made it a point of duty to try and diversify his version of queens within the MCU, and this casting choice, as well as the others they’ve made will definitely compliment that a bunch.
As always though, rumors are rumors, and we’ll have to wait and see what becomes of it. If you like this news, let us know in the comment section below! We want to hear your feedback on this.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to release on July 7th, 2017.