(EXCLUSIVE) Up and coming actor Michael Barbieri’s career is on fire, all before he enters Laguardia High School this fall. The 14 year old New Yorker first got noticed as the co-lead in Ira Sachs’ Little Men, which premiered at Sundance and is due for release this summer. From that, Barbieri got his first big studio in the role of Timmy in the Idris Elba– and Matthew McConaughey-led adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling series Dark Tower.
According to sources, Michael Barbieri just bagged his first gig in a superhero movie and is joining Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. I’m told Barbieri is playing “one of Peter Parker’s friends” and is supposed to report to Pinewood Atlanta this month for a summer shoot. Did you know Barbieri originally auditioned for the role of Peter Parker? The youngster made quite an impression and they called him back for his current new role in the movie.
Got updated information on Barbieri’s character, according to the good folks at comicbook.com
Comicbook.com sources tell us Barbieri’s character will be a new one, though he’ll be based off the Ultimate Spider-Man character Ganke. In that comicbook from Marvel Comics, Ganke is the trusted best friend of the other Spider-Man, Miles Morales. His affinity for Superheroes and unwavering optimism and support of his friend are his standout characteristics, which can be expected to be found in Barbieri’s new character.
Not bad for a high school freshman. Not bad at all, kid.
Spider-Man: Homecoming, is a 2017 superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero Spider-Man and is Sony’s reboot of its Spider-Man franchise, which it has partnered with Marvel to produce. Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige are producing the film. Jon Watts is directing. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the sixteenth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while also being the fourth installment of Phase Three. After being bitten by a genetically-altered spider and receiving spider-like abilities, teenage Peter Parker fights crime in the streets of New York as the masked superhero known as Spider-Man. The cast includes Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Marisa Tomei as May Parker,Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Michael Keaton as villain The Vulture, Zendaya as Michelle, Laura Harrier as to-be-revealed character, and Tony Revolori as Manuel.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set for release in theaters on July 7, 2017.