Tom Holland, the star of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, may just have his first co-star. According to Variety, Marisa Tomei is in final negotiations to play Peter Parker’s aunt, May Parker, in the latest addition to the superhero franchise. Sony and Marvel reportedly made an offer to the Academy Award-winning actress last week.
If a deal is reached, Tomei would take the baton from Sally Fields, another Oscar winner, who played Aunt May in the Marc Webb-directed Amazing Spider-Man movies. Rosemary Harris, the Aunt May of Sam Raimi’s earlier Spider-Man films, has received a Tony award, among other accolades, making Tomei the latest addition to an extremely talented group of ladies. She’d likely make her Marvel debut in the still untitled Spider-Man due out in 2017, while Holland will be part of 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.
Action flicks aren’t Tomei’s standard fare. She’s typically signed on for dramas, like In the Bedroom and The Wrestler, and comedies, including What Women Want and Anger Management. Her most recent film, Trainwreck, is more in line with what she’s done in the past; the Judd Apatow-directed comedy, due out on July 17, stars Amy Schumer, Danielle Radcliffe, and even Method Man and LaBron James. Currently, she’s filming The Big Short, a drama that will have her sharing the screen with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling.
Tomei would join Holland, who was cast only after an extensive search and many screen tests. With Spider-Man officially joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, producers seem to be taking their casting decisions very seriously. With all of the cross-over action, it’s important for them to choose actors that they can see fitting into the larger picture. Tomei certainly seems like a good bet, so we hope to see her officially join the MCU soon.
The next Spider-Man installment is scheduled to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.