Spider-Man: Homecoming reportedly casts Zendaya as Mary Jane

Spider-Man: Homecoming will focus on Tom Holland’s Peter Parker tackling the perils of high school. It now appears that won’t just involve cramming for exams and hiding his lunch money from bullies, but also dealing with young love as Zendaya has reportedly been cast as Mary Jane.

Since her casting back in March as ‘key role’ Michelle in the high-profile reboot, fans have speculated whether the Disney star – who shot to fame after appearing in Shale It Up – will play a romantic lead alongside Holland’s young Spidey.

Those rumours appear to be true as two insiders have confirmed her casting as Peter Parker’s long-time love interest, according to The Wrap.

It wouldn’t be the first time creative pseudonyms have been used to conceal a key role in a superhero movie, with Marion Cotillard masquerading as wealthy businesswoman Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises only to be revealed as Ra’s Al Ghul’s daughter and heir Talia.

The cast also includes Michael Keaton as arch-villain Vulture, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei and some up-and-coming actor called Robert Downy Jr. We’ll probably never hear his name again.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on 7 July next year.

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