Aunt May is certainly not getting any older in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), especially after Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige confirmed that the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot will focus on Peter Parkers’ experience in high school.
Last month, the studio finally announced that British actor Tom Holland will play in the lead role of the new web-slinger movie. At that time, no further casting announcements were made. However, a source told Variety that Marisa Tomei is now in talks to play Peter’s aunt, May Parker.
Tomei had initial success in films as a young actress, as she has a career that spanned 3 decades. After starring in a series of unsuccessful films, she came to international attention with 1992’s “My Cousin Vinny”, which earned her an Academy Award for “Best Supporting Actress”. She later earned her 2nd and 3rd Academy Award nomination for “Best Supporting Actress” through her respective roles in 2001’s “Bedroom” and 2008’s “The Wrestler”.
With her impressive acting resume, sources told Variety that Oscar-winning actress emerged as Sony and Marvel’s top choice to play Aunt May in the next instalment of the “Spider-Man” franchise. The insiders further added that an offer was already made for Tomei last week, but they did not reveal “where things stood in the deal-making process”.
Both studios did not respond to the request to comment on the casting.
If Tomei is indeed going to join the film, the role will mark her first role in a superhero movie. Although Holland’s Spider-Man will make a cameo appearance in Marvel’s 2016 superhero movie, “Captain America: Civi War“, Variety noted that she is most likely going to make her first appearance as Aunt May in the “Spider-Man” reboot instead.
“Cop Car” helmer Jon Watts will writer and direct the reboot, but the studios are still in the process of finding another writer to join Watts in penning the script. Insiders also explained that the executives are looking to lock down other actors so that shooting can begin next year.
Feige and his expert team at Marvel will co-produce the new instalment of the $4 billion “Spider-Man” franchise with Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for Sony Pictures 13 years ago. Sony will also finance and release it worldwide on 28th July 2017.
Tomei will be seen next in “Trainwreck” alongside Amy Schumer and Ezra Miller, The actress, who will star in a recurring role in Fox’s “Empire” Season 2, is currently filming “The Big Short” with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling.
As for Holland, he will be seen next in Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea”.
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