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Marisa Tomei is in final negotiations to take on the iconic role of Aunt May in Sony/Marvel’s SPIDER-MAN. Fresh off of the announcement that Tom Holland would play the newest iteration of the wall-crawler and that Jon Watts would direct, sources now confirm that the studios are actively moving to secure the remaining cast. Tomei was the top choice from early on and is now in advancing discussions to nab the role.
Aunt May serves as both a moral compass and parent to Peter Parker, stepping in to raise him after his parent’s death. Aside from just being his guardian, the influential May serves as reliant supporter to Peter in his darkest hours. This marks the third big-screen portrayal of the character, following Sally Field in Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man series and Rosemary Harris in Sam Rami’s original Spider-Man trilogy.
Sony/Marvel are still actively searching for a scribe to co-write with Watts, as well as locking down the rest of the cast. No word yet on plot/villain details, but the new series will plant Parker back in high school and will not be an origin story. Holland’s web-slinger will first appear in Captain America: Civil War, which bows on May 6, 2016. The untitled Spider-Man solo outing is tentatively scheduled for July 28th, 2017.
Tomei has typically steered clear of massive Hollywood tentpoles, making a name for herself in dramas such as The Wrestler and romantic comedies like Crazy, Stupid, Love. Following her Oscar-winning role in My Cousin Vinny, Tomei has appeared in films such as Cyrus, The Ides of March, Love is Strange, and most recently, The Rewrite.
Up next, the diverse Tomei will appear in Amy Schumer’s comedy Trainwreck, which hits on July 17th. She also just wrapped on Adam McKay’s crime/drama The Big Short, which stars Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, and Ryan Gosling.
The news was first reported by Variety.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor