Disney Channel star Zendaya has confirmed reports that she has joined the cast of Marvel Studios/Sony Pictures' upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. According to the initial report, she will play a "key role" as a character named Michelle opposite Tom Holland's Peter Parker.
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During an appearance on "Ellen," the star of "K.C. Undercover" and "Shake It Up" responded with quiet, "Yeah," when asked by DeGeneres if she had indeed joined the film's cast. The actor vaguely elaborated, "I can’t say anything else other than I’m going to be in it," admitting she doesn't even know when she will start shooting the movie.
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.