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J.B. Smoove is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The comedian will star in Spider-Man: Far From Home, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Smoove joins fellow franchise newcomer Jake Gyllenhaal, who is set to play the villain Mysterio in Marvel Studios’ and Sony’s sequel to 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.
It is currently unclear what role Smoove will be playing in the superhero follow-up. Sony declined to comment on the casting.
Far From Home, which will hit theaters on July 5, 2019, will see the return of star Tom Holland and director Jon Watts. Holland recently revealed the title of the film, which will be the first Spider-Man solo movie to take the character out of New York and put him in international locations, such as London, where part of the film will be shot. Far From Home is written by Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers.
Smoove, who is repped by UTA, Authentic and Roger Pliakas, is currently in theaters with Lionsgate comedy Uncle Drew. He’s also known for his work on HBO’s Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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