Marisa Tomei has reportedly been cast as Peter Parker’s Aunt May in the next Spider-Man film.
Young British actor Tom Holland, best known for his roles in The Impossible and Wolf Hall, was officially cast as the new, much younger Peter Parker/Spider-Man in June. After making his first on screen appearance in Captain America: Civil War, Holland’s Peter Parker will then star in the next instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man series, which is set for release on July 28, 2017.
Tomei, 50, is notably younger than previous screen incarnations of Aunt May played by Rosemary Harris and Sally Field, reflecting the fact that her nephew Peter Parker is also younger. According to Variety, she was offered the role last week, though Sony and Marvel have yet to confirm her casting officially. The actress, who won an Oscar for her performance in 1992’s My Cousin Vinny, has also recently joined the cast of TV’s Empire.
For the first time, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige will serve as a producer on one of Sony’s Spider-Man films, working alongside Sony’s Amy Pascal, a veteran of the studio’s Spider-Man movies. Feige recently revealed that the new Spider-Man movie will be “inspired” by John Hughes, writer-director of classic 1980s teen movies like The Breakfast Club and Pretty In Pink.
Meanwhile, Tom Holland is now shooting his debut appearance as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War in Atlanta, Georgia. His castmates in the superhero sequel will include Chris Evans’ Captain America, Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany’s The Vision and Don Cheadle’s War Machine, as well as Captain America regulars such as Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Frank Grillo’s Crossbones and Emily VanCamp’s Sharon Carter. Captain America: Civil War is set for release on May 6, 2016.