Zendaya will star in the latest Marvel Studios Spider-Man film titled Spider Man: Homecoming in a key role alongside an ensemble cast including Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr, and Donald Glover.  The story line of this installation is currently under wraps; however, the story will focus on Peter Parker’s teenage years.

It has not been confirmed exactly what role Zendaya will play; however, sources suggest that she will play a character named “Michelle.”  The only character by the name of “Michelle” in the Spiderman Universe is “Michelle Gonzalez”, Peter Parker’s roommate, and occasional hookup buddy.  She first appears as the sister and defense attorney of Vin Gonzalez, an NYPD officer and the roommate of Peter Parker,  who was eventually sent to prison on a reduced plea bargain.  When Vin goes to prison, Michelle moves into his apartment and they inevitably develop a tempestuous relationship involving drunken hookups, and of course a few brave rescues via Spiderman.  It will be interesting to see if this is the role that Zendaya has been cast in.

“When it comes to the acting space, I’m basically unknown. I’ve never been in a real movie before or anything like that, so I had to start from the bottom like anyone else.  I auditioned and auditioned and auditioned and broke down those walls because a lot of people do have that per-conceived notion of who I am based off previous things I’ve done, so you got to really break that down and go hard, put in the work, take all the meetings, take all the auditions.” – Zendaya

Zendaya began her acting career with the debut of Shake It Up on the Disney Channel, and has gone on to appear in Dancing with the Stars and Blackish.  She recently confirmed that she has landed a key role in Sony’s upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot that will be released in theaters July 2017.  She will lend her voice to animated feature film The Guardian Brothers, and currently stars as K.C. Cooper on the Disney Channel’s K.C. Undercover

Spider Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car), written by John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, and produced by Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige.  Production is currently underway in Atlanta, Georgia.  The expected release date is July 7, 2017.

 

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