Director Jon Watts Hopes to Reflect the Diversity of Queens in "Spider-Man: Homecoming"

Casting for Marvel Studios and Sony's "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is majorly underway, with stars like like Martin Starr and Donald Glover joining the film as recently as this week. During an interview with The Daily Beast, director Jon Watts discussed his hopes that this cast will reflect the diversity of Queens.

"Peter Parker goes to high school in Queens, and Queens is one of -- if not the -- most diverse places in the world," he explained. "So I just wanted it to reflect what that actually looks like."

However, he isn't about to spill any details about who these actors will be playing any time soon. "I probably can't say anything. There's a little sniper dot on me at all times, just in case. They'll hit me with a tranq dart."

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Indeed, when asked if Glover will have anything to do with Miles Morales, Watts added, "I can't talk about anything like that! That would have been so amazing, if I'd just completely spilled some secret like that by accident."

As to his direction for Spider-Man, he shared, "It's been really fun to just look for things that none of the other 'Spider-Man' movies have really explored before, and decide if that's something we want to work into that. And really making it a high school movie, and committing to that, and not having that just be the beginning of the movie. The John Hughes sort of tone. When you're looking at it through that prism, it really opens up the door to a lot of possibilities."

"It was already a moving train when I got on board, but I came on right as they got Tom [Holland], and so I knew everything that was happening with 'Civil War,'" he recalled. "I was there when they were shooting it and sort of lurking in the back, looking over the Russos' shoulders, and I had ideas about this and that. We were already on the same page, but it was great because I got to sort of meet everyone and see what they were doing with it, and that informed where we eventually took it."

Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" is scheduled for release on July 7, 2017.

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