We’ve already been pretty vocal in our delight that the casting department for Spider-Man: Homecoming seem intent on doing their job pretty damn well. Even putting aside for one moment the fact that Michael Keaton will be taking on the kind of villain role he was always meant to play, an encouraging number of young up-and-comers have been recruited for the wall-crawler’s first Marvel Cinematic Universe outing. And today, we can add another name to the list: Angourie Rice.
Although she’s a name you might not recall, you will undoubtedly recognise her if you happen to have seen Shane Black’s great 80s-flavoured comedy The Nice Guys, in which she more than held her own alongside the likes of Russell Crowe and Ryan Gosling – no mean feat, I’m sure you’ll agree. It’ll only be her fourth big-screen outing after Nice Guys, Walking With Dinosaurs 3D and end-of-days thriller These Final Hours, but we’re sure there’ll be many more to come.
As for who she’s playing? Like the majority of the rest of the cast her on-screen identity hasn’t been revealed yet, but that hasn’t stopped us wondering… could she be a young Mary Jane? Or Gwen Stacy? It’s not unconceivable to imagine her in either role, although since we’re not entirely sure what direction the show is going in relation the comics, we’ll have to bide our time before we find out.
Rice joins a cast that already includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Michael Keaton as the Vulture, Zendaya, Martin Starr, Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Tyne Daly, Hannibal Buress, Bokeem Woodbine, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Abraham Attah, Michael Barbieri and Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Jon Watts is directing from a script penned by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M Goldstein.
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