Reports began to swirl this morning about the possible villain of the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, along with casting. Multiple sites have reported that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play classic Spider-Man foe Mysterio, who will be the villain for the 2019 movie. U.K. tabloid The Sun was allegedly the first to report the potential casting before it was picked up by more reputable sources.
The original article from The Sun, frankly, doesn’t appear to be online anymore, if it ever was. But it reportedly said that producers were originally keen on Ryan Gosling for the role, before he had to drop out for other commitments. Matt Damon also previously turned down the role. Now Gyllenhaal is their number one pick the master of manipulation. While he will be playing the main villain, he will also be joined by a returning Michael Keaton, reprising his role from Homecoming as the Vulture. They are also looking for a new female lead, with rumors possibly pointing towards Gwen Stacy.
We’ll have to wait and see if this casting, and the character it’s rumored for, are confirmed. Little is known about the actual plot of the movie so far. Shooting is scheduled to begin this summer under director Jon Watts for a release date of July 5, 2019. Filming will take place both domestically in the U.S. and overseas in Europe as well, as Kevin Feige has confirmed the film will have international scenes.
If Jake Gyllenhaal is cast as Mysterio, this will be his first comic book role, as well as Mysterio’s first appear in live action. What do you think of the casting? Are you excited for Mysterio? Let us know @SuperBroMovies.