First he was Batman, then he was Birdman, and now he’s looking to take down Spider-Man. Michael Keaton is in early talks to play a villainous role in Spider-Man: Homecoming, the superhero reboot from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, a person familiar with the project confirmed to EW.
Details have yet to emerge about which member of Spidey’s rogues gallery Keaton would play. Should he land the role, he’ll star opposite Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Zendaya in an unknown role.
Jon Watts (Cop Car) is directing Homecoming from a script by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein. The project is a collaboration between Sony, which long ago licensed the character of Spider-Man for use on film, and Marvel, which has since developed an interconnected universe of superhero movies. Holland is also portraying the character in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.
For his part, Keaton looms large in modern superhero moviedom: He helped lay the blueprint for the genre with Batman and Batman Returns in the late ’80s and early ’90s, and more recently earned an Oscar nomination skewering the popularity of such films in Birdman.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to swing into theaters July 7, 2017.
Variety first reported Keaton’s potential casting.