Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has revealed why he chose to cast Zendaya alongside Tom Holland in the upcoming Marvel film.
The young model, singer, dancer, and actress makes her debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in just a few weeks as Michelle, a mysterious character described as a weird loner who follows Holland’s Peter Parker and Jacob Batalon’s Ned Leeds around in the film.
While Zendaya may not have been the obvious choice for a character Watts has now revealed to be inspired by Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club, the director explained in a new interview with Vogue Magazine that Zendaya proved to be “an amazingly technical actor,” that added flourishes to her character. Watts revealed that it was actually Zendaya who proposed the idea of Michelle not wearing makeup and carrying around her own mug of strange herbal tea. “It makes me feel like such a bozo when I’m in front of someone who is that young and already just so good at what they do,” Watts said.
The film stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly and Bokeem Woodbine, as well as Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Michael Chernus, Kenneth Choi, Hannibal Buress, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Angourie Rice and Abraham Attah. Here’s the official synopsis:
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.