Animated Spider-Man Film Finds Its Miles Morales (Exclusive)
Spider-Man has found his voice.
Shameik Moore, one of the breakout stars of indie Dope and Netflix's hip-hop drama The Get Down, will voice the Marvel superhero in Sony Pictures Animation's untitled Spider-Man feature project.
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The project does not spotlight Peter Parker as the web-swinging wonder but Miles Morales, the popular incarnation introduced in 2011 who is half black, half Latino.
At the same time, Ray Donovan topliner Liev Schreiber is joining the project as the voice of the movie's villain. The character's identity is being kept locked tight.
Phil Lord wrote the project and is producing alongside his Lego Movie and Han Solo movie co-director, Chris Miller.
The Little Prince writer Bob Persichetti is set to co-direct alongside Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians).
Plot details are a secret, but the focus is on Morales as he juggles school life and superheroics in the classic Spider-Man mold.
Morales was created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and was introduced in 2011 as part of the Ultimate Marvel imprint, which told tales set in an alternate story universe.
Marvel ended the Ultimate imprint in 2015, but Morales by then had made such an impression that he was integrated into the mainstream Marvel line.
The character appeared in Disney XD's animated series Ultimate Spider-Man, where he was voiced by Donald Glover.
Moore, who has wrapped the James Franco-directed drama The Pretenders, is repped by ICM Partners, and managers Annet McCroskey at Artistic Endeavors and Brian Young at Three Six Zero.
Schreiber, a multiple Emmy nominee for his work on Ray Donovan, voices a character in Liongate's My Little Pony: The Movie. He is repped by UTA and Untitled.
by Lesley Goldberg