LOS ANGELES: Disney star Zendaya Coleman is reportedly set to play leading lady in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Zendaya is credited as Michelle, a non-comic book character who is described as one of the classmates of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
According to TheWrap, the “Shake It Up” star will actually play the long-time love interest of Peter Parker, Mary Jane Watson.
Sony, as well as the representatives for Marvel and the 19-year-old actress, haven’t given any comments regarding the reports. Mary Jane was famously brought to life by Kirsten Dunst in the first “Spider-Man” trilogy starring Tobey Maguire as the titular hero.
The character was not included in “The Amazing Spider-Man” film series since director Marc Webb wanted to focus on Parker’s relationship with his high school girlfriend, Gwen Stacy.
In the upcoming solo film which is directed by Jon Watts from a script written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein, Holland’s Spider-Man will be back to his high-school roots.
The film also stars Robert Downey Jr, Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Michael Keaton, Logan Marshall-Green and Martin Starr.
Previously it was also reported that Orange Is the New Black star Michael Chernus would star in Marvel Comic’s sci-fi action fantasy Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The 39-year-old actor has teamed up with Sony Pictures and Marvel for the project and will essay the role of Phineas Mason, the Tinkerer in the film.
Chernus, who has worked in the films like Captain Phillips, Aloha and The Bourne Legacy, will play the villain in the reboot of the franchise. Directed by Jon Watts, the movie will hit theatres on July 7 next year. It stars Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr and Michael Keaton in the main roles.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will release on July 7, 2017.