The long-running roster of announcement-worthy casting choices for Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to grow this week, showing off the best of the film’s interesting, diverse roster as it welcomes even more actors into the fold. Alongside stars Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei, Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to feature a huge list of recognizable names, including Zendaya in the rumored role of Mary Jane Watson and actor Michael Keaton confirmed to portray the film’s big bad, the Vulture.
Following an internet frenzy over the previously mentioned rumor that Zendaya Coleman will be playing the beloved M.J., news has been a little empty on the casting front — so today’s news comes as another pleasant surprise. Actress Jona Xiao has just joined the cast, though details on the role she’ll play remains as shrouded in mystery as the film’s plot line itself.
The news broke exclusively through Variety. Xiao most recently featured on Halt and Catch Fire, and the actress has upcoming projects through next year including a role in Keeping Up with the Joneses. Her resume is an interesting one, varying between heart-pounding dramas, comedies such as Kroll Show, and daytime soap operas like Days of Our Lives. As with nearly everyone on the cast except for Holland and Tomei (who will be playing Peter Parker and his aunt May Parker, respectively) there are no other details concerning Xiao’s casting and the importance of her role is still anyone’s guess.
While Xiao’s role in Homecoming remains under-wraps, the film’s director, Jon Watts, has opened up about who a few of the cast members were portraying, focusing on Peter’s classmates. He confirmed that Tony Revolori is playing Flash Thompson, Jacob Batalon is playing Ned Leeds and Laura Harrier is playing Liz Allan. Watts also mentioned that Zendaya is playing “Michelle”, which could easily be a younger adaptation of Peter’s roommate Michelle Gonzalez from the comics. Still, the conflicting rumors about Zendaya’s role as Mary Jane are pretty convincing. Following that, an alleged cast call sheet surfaced earlier this month, revealing that Bokeem Woodbine was on set with Holland and some of the supporting cast from Peter’s school.
Xiao’s next big film is Keeping Up with the Joneses, a comedy where she’ll feature opposite the likes of Jon Hamm, Zach Galifianakis and fellow comic book movie star Gal Gadot. Following that, she’ll be in Fox Searchlight’s Gifted in 2017 with Captain America’s Chris Evans, Jenny Slate, and Octavia Spencer.
Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming– July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1– May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel– March 8, 2019;Avengers: Infinity War Part 2– May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.