Animated Spider-Man movie adds Mahershala Ali and Brian Tyree Henry

The Moonlight and Atlanta stars will play Miles Morales’ family

Phil Lord and Chris Miller are having a big news week. This nugget obviously isn’t as big as the ‘exiting the Han Solo movie three months in’ thing, but it’s still exciting.

Mahershala Ali has officially just been added to the voice cast of the animated Miles Morales-centric Spider-Man film they are currently working on.

Ali is pretty hot stuff right now, after winning the Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar at the Academy Awards this year for his work in the brilliant Moonlight. He’s also hot stuff because he’s awesome, so it’s nice that he has time for friendly neighbourhood voice work antics.

Ali is set to voice Miles’ uncle, Aaron Davis, who is apparently deeply dedicated to his nephew but can’t shake the life of crime he’s built for himself.

The Oscar winner is also being joined by Brian Tyree Henry, who plays Paper Boi on Donald Glover’s excellent series Atlanta. He will play Miles’ father Jefferson Davis, a former criminal who is forced to work undercover in New York for Nick Fury’s SHIELD initiative.

Ali and Henry join The Get Down‘s Shameik Moore as Miles Morales/Spider-Man and Ray Donovan star Liev Schreiber as the film’s as-yet-unspecified villain.

The film doesn’t have a title yet, instead being referred to as Sony’s Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie‘, but we’re sure to hear news about that soon. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey are directing, while Phil Lord, Chris Miller and Rodney Rothman wrote the script.

The Untitled Animated Spider-Man Movie is out on 14 December in the UK. Get all the latest superhero movie news with every issue of SciFiNow.