Rumorville: The Next ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ Is Closing in on a Director + Who’s Casting

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Welcome to Rumorville! Here you can learn about casting news that’s about to break in Hollywood. These speculations might be only rumors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t follow the trail all the way to the audition room.

“Spider-Man”
Now that Spider-Man is back in the Marvel Universe, Sony and Disney can start discussing who they want for the next “Spider-Man Homecoming” movie. And so far, the main name is a familiar one, at least on the directing side. Jon Watts is in talks to return to the franchise, taking the helm again after his successful “Homecoming” in 2017 and this past summer’s “Far From Home.” With the Sony and Disney workings back in order, Tom Holland is also expected to return for the next film. Sarah Finn will, as always at Marvel, lead the casting team.

“Star Wars” Film
Also at Disney and Marvel, Kevin Feige is reportedly developing a new “Star Wars” movie. The Marvel Studios president will team up with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy for a new film as part of the new wave of content that will follow after the conclusion of the Skywalker Saga. Of course, it is far too early in development to know any details, especially considering how locked down Marvel, Disney, and Lucasfilm keeps all its projects, but as with all “Star Wars”-related projects, there should be plenty of opportunity for actors when it comes to light. If the new series of films keeps the same casting team, Nina Gold will probably be the one in charge.

“The Batman”
Though the streets of Gotham are quiet now, things are about to get much more crowded in the Robert Pattinson-led “The Batman.” According to Forbes, several casting announcements are on the horizon, with casting calls going out recently for Riddler, Penguin, Catwoman, Two-Face, and a host of other villains that will be appearing in the film. So far, Robert Pattinson is the only one to officially sign on to the project. As we recently reported, Jeffrey Wright and Jonah Hill are both in negotiations to star in the film, though it seems like Wright is further along in the process and will be officially announced soon. Hill, on the other hand, has two different roles on the table—Penguin and the Riddler—and is trying to land the one who will be the best fit. There are still months ahead of the scheduled start of principal photography but expect to see some of those major roles announced soon. Matt Reeves will helm and write the film, which is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021. Cindy Tolan is casting.

“The Last Dual”
“Killing Eve” breakout Jodie Comer is reportedly eyeing her next big role. The recent Emmy winner is now in negotiations for the upcoming Ridley Scott revenge drama “The Last Dual.” If signed, Comer would star alongside Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. But there is another variable at play: the film has yet to be greenlit. Disney-Fox is figuring out how to move forward with the project, and according to Variety sources, Comer is a sure thing to get the film the go-ahead. Filming is tentatively scheduled to begin in early 2020, with Nicole Holofcener co-writing the script with Damon and Affleck.

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