With so much attention focused on “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” it may be easy to forget that Sony Pictures is also developing an animated film starring the wall-crawler. However, a recent casting call may shed a little light on the feature, and confirm rumors about which Spider-Man will star.
A listing on Backstage seeks voice actors to play the leads in “Cabin Fever,” a Sony Pictures Animation film that “chronicles the adventures of two unlikely friends, Terrence and Pete.” Although the logline is generic, and the title as much of a placeholder as the character’s names, the descriptions for “Terrence” and “Pete” will undoubtedly remind Marvel Comics fans of Miles Morales and his best friend Ganke Lee:
Terrence (Lead): Male, 13-15 — a young African-American/Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn; he is new to this suburban school and now feeling out of place, overwhelmed, pressured with new responsibilities, and dealing with puberty; while trying to fit in he must do his best to stay out of trouble; along the way in developing his identity he’s losing old friends but now making a new one, Pete.
Pete (Supporting): Male, 13-16 — a young, slightly geeky, Asian-American teen; he’s smart, sweet, and encouraging; although very unlike any of the friends Terrence had in his old Brooklyn neighborhood, Pete proves to be a good fit for Terrence making good decisions.
CBR has reached out to Sony Pictures for comment.
The connection to the “Spider-Man” animated film is tenuous, of course, but it’s certainly not a leap to think that “Terrence,” an African-American/Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn, is indeed Miles Morales … an African-American/Puerto Rican teen from Brooklyn. It would also seem to lend credence to the rumor from May that Miles would star in the animated feature.
Opening Dec. 21, 2018, the animated film is written by Chris Miller and Phil Lord of “The LEGO Movie” fame. “It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you’ve seen,” Miller said in June. “It will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience.” However, the duo declined to say whether the film will feature Peter Parker.
Bob Persichetti, an animation veteran who wrote “The Little Prince,” will make his feature directorial debut on the project, which will be produced by longtime Spider-Man producer Avi Arad and former Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascal.
Directed by Jon Watts, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. The film opens July 7, 2017.
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