Marvel Comics fans have been eagerly anticipating Spider-Man: Homecoming for some time, potentially even since the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures that would welcome Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was announced. The character, now played by Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), made his official debut in the MCU during Captain America: Civil War earlier this year, which managed to generate even more positive buzz for the web-slinger's solo film due out in 2017.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently in the middle of production, filming in Atlanta, Georgia - where set photos recently showed Holland suited up as Spider-Man. Now, in addition to a long list of actors and actresses that have joined the Marvel Studios/Sony joint venture recently, another young breakout has been cast.
THR is reporting Angourie Rice has joined Spider-Man: Homecoming in an undisclosed role. The actress is best known for her role in Shane Black's The Nice Guys, which hit theaters earlier this year. Rice played Holly, the daughter of Ryan Gosling's character Holland March, who went along on March and Jackson Healy's (Russell Crowe) investigation to find a missing woman. Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts (Clown) from a script by John Frances Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation 2015); it will focus on the web-slinger in high school, with the filming having been said to be inspired by 1980s John Hughes movies.
Rice joins a lengthy cast list on Spider-Man: Homecoming. Previously announced to appear as co-stars are Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May (who also debuted in Civil War), and Michael Keaton as the villain. Plus, also confirmed to appear are pop music artist Zendaya, Michael Barbieri (The Dark Tower), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Donald Glover (Community), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), and Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation) among others.
Considering the number of actors and actresses attached to the film as well as how far into the production Rice joins Spider-Man: Homecoming, it's unlikely she's been cast in a substantial role. Like Starr and Choi, who will help to populate Peter Parker's school as teachers, it's more likely Rice will play one of the web-slinger's classmates - or, potentially, someone he saves.
Still, the cast for Spider-Man: Homecoming includes plenty of well known names and/or young fresh talents - Rice being the latter - which should give fans hope that Peter Parker's first solo entry in the MCU will prove to be as well received as his turn in Captain America: Civil War. But, to know more about Spider-Man: Homecoming and what role Rice will be playing, we'll need to wait for more information to be officially announced - perhaps at Comic-Con International in San Diego later this month.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. 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.