As of right now, it seems like everybody and their mother has been cast in the upcoming Marvel/Sony film, Spider-Man: Homecoming. Along with the slew of actors who have been brought onto the project, there is one casting that actually went in the opposite direction. UFC fighter Tyron Woodley was attached to the film at one point, but left the project, and now he shares what made him make the decision to no longer be part of the film.
The term “decision” can be used loosely in this scenario, as it turns out it wasn’t completely up to the fighter. Tyron first revealed to fans he would be in the film while on The MMA Hour, by letting it be known he was working on a Marvel movie in the Atlanta area. He apparently did not put two and two together that Spider-Man: Homecoming was the only Marvel movie filming in the Atlanta area, but fans on the other hand were quick to figure it out. While speaking with Jay & Dan for UFC on FOX, Woodley revealed that Marvel’s lawyers set their sights on him after his slip up.
“This is what I said. I said that I could be working on a Marvel movie very soon, and I didn’t put two-and-two together. I was in Atlanta, the only Marvel movie at that time was Spider-Man — I didn’t put those things together. When you’re working on a Marvel movie, their legal department do not play. They got word of it, and their legal department started coming down on me.”
He then added that although the lawyers were a part of his decision, he ultimately backed out of the project to pursue other opportunities.
“I did not do it because I had a previous obligation with Fox, and I thought that was a better play longterm. And I’m a man of my word.”
Lastly, he gave fans a vague idea about who he was supposed to play in the film.
“I was going to play a villain in the movie, and I think I was going to be fighting Spider-Man.”
Okay, so that last one was a bit of a no-brainer. At the end of the day, it sounds like the lawyers coming down on Woodley mixed with his outside opportunities may have been what ultimately led him away from the role.
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The (extensive) cast features Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea), Michael Keaton (Batman, Birdman), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Donald Glover (The Martian, Community), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey), Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), with Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny, The Wrestler), and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man, The Avengers). It also includes Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Kenneth Choi (The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), JJ Totah (Liv and Maddie), and Hannibal Buress (30 Rock).
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be swinging into theaters on July 7, 2017.