Disney Channel star Zendaya has joined Sony and Marvel Studios’ co-produced “Spider-Man” film in a leading role. According to Deadline’s report, she will play a character named Michelle opposite Tom Holland’s Peter Parker.
Zendaya is known for her key roles in Disney Channel original series like “Shake It Up!” and “Zapped.” She has also appeared in “K.C. Undercover” as well as Taylor Swift’s “Bad Blood” music video.
The new “Spider-Man” film — which doesn’t yet have an official title — will star Holland in the title role, following the character’s introduction in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” which opens on May 6. It’s the latest take on the iconic Marvel Comics character which has seen two previous incarnations at Sony, first played by Tobey Maguire and then by Andrew Garfield.
Last February, Sony and Marvel announced a deal to share live-action rights to the character, which were previously solely under Sony’s control. Jon Watts is set to direct the movie, with a screenplay by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Spider-Man is scheduled to swing back into theaters in his own feature film on July 7, 2017.