Jake Gyllenhaal, once up for Spider-Man, will play villain in Homecoming 2

Jake Gyllenhaal, who was considered for the role of Spider-Man in 2002, will play the villain in the sequel to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

hollywood Updated: May 22, 2018 13:01 IST
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Actor Jake Gyllenhaal arrives on the red carpet for the Santos de Cartier Watch Launch at Pier 48 on April 5, 2018 in San Francisco.(AFP)

Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been roped in to star in the upcoming sequel of superhero film Spider-Man: Homecoming.

According to a Hollywood Reporter article, Gyllenhaal is being considered to play Mysterio, a classic Spidery villain co-created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He will be joining Michael Keaton, who will return to reprise his role of Vulture, reported Variety.

In the comics, Mysterio is a disgruntled former Hollywood stuntman, who takes to a life of crime after failing to succeed in the movie business.

Tom Holland is returning to play Peter Parker, with Zendaya and Marisa Tomei also coming back for the sequel. Besides them, Jon Watts will also return as director. Holland most recently played Spidey in Avengers: Infinity War.

Tom Holland in his Iron Spider suit in a still from Avengers: Infinity War.

For Gyllenhaal, it marks his first time in the comic-book realm. Though over the last decade he has starred in more dramatic fare, the star has said he isn’t against doing a particular genre and takes each piece of material into consideration. He was previously considered for the role of Spider-Man when original star Tobey Maguire injured his back between Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2.

He is currently filming Dan Gilroy’s horror thriller Velvet Buzzsaw. Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (not the final title) is scheduled for a July 2019 release.

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First Published: May 22, 2018 13:00 IST