Washington [US]: Actor Emma Roberts is the furthest down the line expansion to the cast of ‘Madame Web,’ the most recent film set in Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters.
The actor is joining a star-studded ensemble, which includes Dakota Johnson as the title hero and ‘Euphoria’ breakout Sydney Sweeney in an undisclosed role. As previously announced, Celeste O’Connor, Isabela Merced and Tahar Rahim are also a part of the Marvel film, as per Variety. ‘Madame Web’ serves as the origin story for the comic book character, a psychic whose abilities allow her to see into the spider world itself. In the comics, her abilities prove highly beneficial to Spider-Man and his allies, but given her condition, she’s never fought villains herself.
S.J. Clarkson, whose Marvel bonafides incorporate ‘Jessica Jones’ and ‘The Defenders,’ is coordinating ‘Madame Web.’
Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who recently teamed up on Jared Leto’s vampire thrill ride ‘Morbius,’ is set to compose the screenplay for the film, booked to deliver in venues on July 7, 2023.
After breaking out on Nickelodeon’s sitcom ‘Unfabulous,’ Roberts cultivated a film career in teen movies like ‘Aquamarine,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ and ‘Valentine’s Day.’ She parlayed her young stardom into roles in ‘Scream 4,’ ‘We’re the Millers,’ and FX’s anthology series ‘American Horror Story.’ She also starred in the Fox comedic horror show ‘Scream Queens,’ as per Variety.
Sony handled consecutive business wins in 2021 with Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom: Let There Be Carnage’ (USD 506 million globally) and Tom Holland’s ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ (USD 1.9 billion globally), but stumbled in 2022 with an average turnout for Jared Leto’s ‘Morbius’ (USD 163 million).
‘Madame Web’ is Sony’s most memorable current comic book transformation to star a lady as the lead. It is one of a few Spider-Man-related side projects being developed, including director J.C. Chandor’s ‘Kraven the Hunter’ with Aaron Taylor Johnson; and ‘El Muerto,’ featuring renowned performer Bad Bunny.