‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’: Zendaya rumoured to be playing Mary-Jane Watson

The actress has previously called her character in the movie "super dry and awkward"

Zendaya is rumoured to be playing Mary-Jane Watson, the iconic comic book character formerly played on screen by Kirsten Dunst, in next year’s Spider Man: Homecoming.

Though this has yet to be confirmed officially, the normally very reliable The Wrap reports that two individuals close to the project have tipped them off.

Zendaya was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming in March and said at the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July): “My character is super dry and awkward. It’s great because it’s who I am in real life, so I don’t feel like I have to act too much.”

The first footage from Spider-Man: Homecoming, scheduled for release on July 7, 2017, was also shown during the film’s panel at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Though the teaser clip has yet to make its way online, fans and journalists who attended the panel reported that it was mainly set in high school and had a tone reminiscent of classic John Hughes movies like Weird Science and Pretty In Pink. The film’s director, John Watts, said during the panel: “It’s a straight up high school movie. It’s about a 15 year old kid. This is the ground level of the Marvel Universe.”

Meanwhile, the film’s villain was cast earlier this month.

British actor Tom Holland made his debut as the iconic webslinger in this year’s Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man: Homecoming is a joint production between Sony and Marvel Studios, the third cinematic iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man, but the first to tie in with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.