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Issa Rae is entering the Spider-Verse.
Rae becomes the first addition to the franchise’s roll call that includes Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld, who are reprising their roles of Miles Morales, aka Spider-Man, and Spider-Gwen respectively.
Plot details are being kept hidden in the circuits of a super-collider but will continue to feature an array of Spider-characters drawn across Marvel Comics’ time and space. According to sources, Rae will voice Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller will be the credited writers on the project along with David Callaham (Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings).
Lord and Miller are also back as producers, as are Amy Pascal, Avi Arad and Christina Steinberg. Alonzo Ruvalcaba is co-producing.
Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson are directing the sequel. Peter Ramsey, one of the directors of the first movie, is returning as an executive producer, alongside Aditya Sood.
The sequel has a release date of Oct. 7, 2022.
Into the Spider-Verse, released in 2018, thrust alternate-universe Spider-Man Morales into the spotlight, buttressing him with Gwen Stacy and other-dimensional Spider-people such as Spider-Man Noir, Peni Parker and Spider-Ham. The movie, which won the Oscar for best animated film and became a pop culture sensation, dangled more characters waiting to drop on spider-threads.
Rae is currently filming the fifth and final season of Insecure, the series she co-created and which has garnered three Emmy nominations, including outstanding lead actress in a comedy series. She also has a second season of Robin Thede’s A Black Lady Sketch Show, which she is also executive producing.
Rae, who was last seen opposite Kumail Nanjiani in 2020 action comedy The Lovebirds, is repped by UTA, 3 Arts Entertainment and Hansen Jacobson.
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