The Animated ‘Spider-Man’ Movie Casts Shameik Moore as Miles Morales
It seems like there are an infinite number of Spider-Man films in the works: Spider-Man Homecoming coming out this July, the Venom film announced a few weeks ago, the completely unrelated The Girl in the Spider's Web film that sounds like it would be a cool film about Gwen Stacey but sadly isn't, and the untitled animated Spider-Man movie due out Christmas 2018 (the same day as Aquaman).
But there's still a lot of reasons to be excited about that animated movie, which centers on Miles Morales, a half-black half-Latino hero. Casting announcements have been made, and Miles will be voiced by Shameik Moore of Dope and The Get Down. The news comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which continued that the mysterious villain will be voiced by Liev Schreiber of X-Men Origins: Wolverine (he played Sabretooth), Spotlight, and Ray Donovan.
Moore is a breakout star praised for his charisma, who landed his first movie role in the indie film Dope that made it to Sundance in 2015. More recently, he's starring in Baz Luhrmann's Netflix show The Get Down (as Shaolin Fantastic), which just premiered its second season last week. It'll be cool to see the superhero universe telling different stories and celebrating diversity, especially following the box office bombing of Ghost in the Shell that faced criticism for whitewashing.
Miles Morales was previously voiced by Donald Glover in Disney XD's animated series Ultimate Spider-Man. He was originally created by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in 2011 for Ultimate Marvel, an imprint of comic books featuring alternate universe storylines. Morales became instantaneously popular, to the point that Marvel transported him to the main Marvel comics universe after ending their Ultimate line.
The screenplay is penned by Phil Lord, best known for writing The Lego Movie and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs which could point towards a more light-hearted juvenile tone. Lord is also producing with the Han Solo movie co-director, Chris Miller.
The film will be co-directed by newcomer Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey (Rise of the Guardians). Most of Persichetti's credits are for animation, while Ramsey's are in the art department. Going with fresh directors with animation experience is probably a smart decision following the general disappointment that was The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Catch Moore and Schreiber in the animated Spider-Man film on December 21, 2018.