With great power comes great responsibility, and the filmmakers behind Spider-Man: Homecoming are taking relaunching Spider-Man for the third time in 15 years very seriously. As such, they are shoring up their ranks by adding yet another talented young actor to the cast — Grand Budapest Hotel star Tony Revolori.
According to Deadline, Revolori, who played Ralph Fiennes’ sidekick in Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel, has been tapped to play a key role in Sony Pictures’ Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is gearing up to commence production this summer. The role is said to be that of Peter Parker’s high school rival, a role that will put him at odds with your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man’s alter ego, but not in a villainous way.
So who could Revolori be playing? Unless Revolori bulks up considerably, I don’t see him playing Flash Thompson, the football star who mercilessly bullies Peter at Midtown High School. However, I could see Revolori portraying someone else like Charlie Weiderman, another student at Midtown who is even more bullied than Peter. In fact, Peter himself even leverages Charlie’s misfortune to win points with the popular kids. However, Charlie, who was bullied at school and subjected to regular beatings from his father at home, swore revenge. While Charlie isn’t an outright villain, it would certainly create a fascinating dynamic with our hero, and give him a major moral hurdle to overcome, too.
The news of Revolori’s casting comes hot on the heels of a rumor that Michael Keaton may join the project as a villain, possibly the Vulture. Revolori joins a cast that includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, and Zendaya as Michelle, one of Peter’s classmates. Here are our theories on her significance to the plot via Nerdist News:
Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is directed by Jon Watts, hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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