“Dope” actor Shameik Moore has been cast as the voice of Miles Morales in Sony’s untitled animated Spider-Man film.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, he’ll be joined by “Ray Donovan” star Liev Schrieber as the movie’s villain, whose identity remains a secret.
Announced in April 2015, the film is co-directed by Bob Persichetti (“The Little Prince”) and Peter Ramsey (“Rise of the Guardians”) from a script by Phil Lord, who’s executive producing with his “LEGO Movie” and Han Solo movie collaborator Chris Miller.
“It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you’ve seen,” Miller said last summer. “It will stand on its own as a unique film-going experience.”
Created in 2011 by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli as part of Marvel’s Ultimate imprint, Miles assumed the identity of Spider-Man following the death of that universe’s Peter Parker. With the end of the Ultimate imprint in 2015, Miles was integrated into Marvel’s mainstream continuity, and is now a member of the teen superhero team the Champions.
The character appeared on Disney XD’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” animated series, where he was voiced by Donald Glover, and is expected to play a prominent role on its successor, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” which debuts this summer.
A breakout star of “Dope,” the 21-year-old Moore now stars on the Netflix musical drama “The Get Down.” Schrieber has had a lengthy career on television, film and stage, with credits that include the “Scream” franchise, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” and “The Sum of All Fears.”
The animated Spider-Man film is targeted for release in 2018.