Donald Glover is finally going to get to be in a Spider-Man movie. The Hollywood Reporter has it that the actor aka rapper Childish Gambino has been cast in Sony and Marvel’s forthcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The announcement is a bit of a celebratory moment for Glover. Back when Sony first attempted to reboot the web-slinger’s franchise, a vocal online campaign launched to get him cast in the title role. The part eventually fell to Andrew Garfield, but the actor aka rapper Childish Gambino did end up voicing the mixed race Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon series.
Now, though, he’ll finally get to join Spidey on the big screen. Tom Holland already debuted as Peter Parker in Captain American: Civil War earlier this summer, so it seems unlikely Glover will be wearing any webs in Homecoming. What exactly his role ends up being is currently under wraps.
He’ll be joining Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the film’s villain, and Zendaya as Michelle. Robert Downey, Jr. will be reprising his role as Tony Stark/Iron Man in the movie. Kenneth Choi, who played one of the Howling Commandos in Captain America: The First Avenger, was also recently cast, reportedly in the role of Parker’s high school principal.
Director Jon Watts is directing from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein. Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing with an eye on a July 7th, 2017 release date.