Zendaya may not be a person or even a name many of you are overly familiar with around these parts. The 19-year-old singer and actress has a career built on Disney Channel pop & fluff, so we haven’t had the opportunity to talk about her work much, if at all, on this site. If you are familiar with her, it’s likely that it’s less because of her work and more because of her prowess in positively slaying idiot criticisms and controversy. If you’re still trying to connect the dots, Zendaya was the woman at the center of that ignorant Giuliana Rancic dreadlocks-smell-like-“patchouli oil and weed” comment at last year’s Oscars. As a refresher, this is how the then-18 year old responded.
So if you’ve spent the year since this incident considering yourself a Zendaya fan, yet never actually having seen her work, things are about to change. Because it was announced today that Zendaya has been cast in the next Spider-Man movie. So even if you’re as sick as the rest of the world of this franchise’s reboots, at least we’re going to get a non-Disney Channel Zendaya role.
The big question now is who will she be playing? Her character’s name has been announced as Michelle, which many are thinking (or maybe just stubbornly hoping) is a temporary code name, and that we’ll have our first black Mary Jane. However, Michelle is being called a “key role” (according to Deadline), but not a “lead role” (according to The Hollywood Reporter), so it looks like she won’t be the love interest. According to THR, though, Marvel and Sony may be working overtime to make up for our disappointment at being denied the Miles Morales movie so many of us were hoping for.
Sources tell me that Marvel/Sony has been looking to go heavily non-white with the SPIDER-MAN supporting cast.— Borys Kit (@Borys_Kit) March 7, 2016
Via Latino Review.