Sony is continuing to grow its slate of Marvel-centered films as they select some top talent to star in upcoming projects. Back in May, it was revealed that the studio had tapped Tenet star Aaron Taylor-Johnson was returning to his comic book movie roots to portray Kraven the Hunter in the villain’s upcoming solo flick. Now, according to a new report from Deadline, Ariana DeBose joins Taylor-Johnson in the cast as Calypso.
Created by Denny O’Neil and Alan Weiss, Calypso Ezili is a voodoo priestess from Haiti who utilizes magic potions. Notably, the Spider-Man villain is also the occasional lover and partner of Kraven the Hunter. Previously, Jodie Turner-Smith and Taylour Paige were eyed to portray the villainess in the feature.
DeBose joins the aforementioned Aaron Taylor-Johnson and the recently cast Fred Hechinger in the film’s cast. Additionally, Art Marcum, Matt Holloway, and Richard Wenk are writing the screenplay with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach executive producing. The studio has recruited Triple Frontier helmer J. C. Chandor to direct the Spider-Man spinoff film. Sony will release the feature theatrically on January 13, 2023.
Ariana DeBose is fresh off her historic win at the SAG awards this weekend for her role in Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. The multihyphenate will next compete for Best Supporting Actress at the 94th Academy Awards The actress also shines in the filmed version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton on Disney+. Up Next, DeBose will star alongside Henry Cavill, John Cena, and Samuel L. Jackson in Matthew Vaughn’s Argylle.
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