Michael Keaton Circling Villain Role in 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Talks are in the very early stages — it’s not quite clear if there’s an offer on the table — but overtures are there.
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The new Spider-Man movie is targeting former Batman actor Michael Keaton to play the villain in Marvel/Sony’s reboot of the web-crawling hero, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Talks are in the very early stages — it’s not quite clear if there’s an offer on the table — but overtures are there.

Titled Spider-Man: Homecoming, the film is set to begin shooting this summer and will launch a third incarnation of one of Marvel’s most popular superheroes.

Tom Holland will star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and is making his debut as the character in Captain America: Civil War (and already garnering praise for his take on the role).

Marisa Tomei will play Aunt May, while Zendaya is one of the female leads in the pic that will be directed by Jon Watts.

It is unclear what character Keaton would play in the story that is said to take Spider-Man to his high school roots.

The actor is famous for inhabiting the cowl of Batman, starring as Bruce Wayne in Tim Burton’s two classic comic book movies, Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992).

Keaton, who is repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, was nominated for an Oscar for his work in 2014's Birdman, in which he played a former superhero actor seeking to redeem his post-comic book franchise career.

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