Spider-Man: Homecoming star Laura Harrier originally thought Zendaya was cast in her role in the 2017 Marvel film.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was a big occasion for the web-slinger. It was the first Spider-Man film to take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and was decidedly better received then the Andrew Garfield Amazing Spider-Man films. One of the film’s more notable twists was in regards to Laura Harrier’s character, Liz Toomes.
One of Spider-Man: Homecoming‘s biggest twists was that Peter’s primary love interest, Liz, was in fact the daughter of the film’s primary antagonist, Adrian Toomes/The Vulture played by Michael Keaton. At the end of the film, The Vulture was sent to prison, and Liz and her mother moved away. However, at one point, Laura Harrier thought she lost her role to co-star Zendaya.
While speaking to Net-A-Porter, Laura Harrier talked about her initial fears that Zendaya had been cast in the role:
“After I did my screen test for Spider-Man, before I had heard anything, it came out a few weeks later that Zendaya was going to be cast in it, so I just figured I hadn’t got the job. She must have. I called my agent and they reassured me I was still in the running.”
She then went on to say how groundbreaking it was that Marvel made their characters just high school students and not make their characters about their race:
“I thought it was incredible and ground-breaking of Marvel to put us both in those roles and not to make it about our blackness. We were just girls who went to a school in New York and that’s what New York City looks like; films should reflect that. We had the best time making that movie. Zendaya and I are friends now and I’m really grateful for her. Swinging around on those wires was fun!”
What did you all think of Laura Harrier’s role in Spider-Man: Far From Home? Would you have liked to have seen her in additional sequels? Let us know what you think in the comments below!
Here is the official synopsis for the latest Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home:
Following the events of Avengers: Endgame, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Our friendly neighborhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks is quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks. Spider-Man and Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) join forces to fight the havoc unleashed across the continent but all is not as it seems.
Directed by Jon Watts from a script written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, Spider-Man: Far From Home stars Tom Holland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, Tony Revolori, Martin Starr, Numan Acar, J.B. Smoove, Oli Hill, Remy Hii, Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton, Jon Favreau, Cobie Smulders, and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.
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Source: Net-A-Porter via Comicbook.com