‘Madame Web’: Sony’s Spider-Man Spinoff Adds ‘Euphoria’ Star Sydney Sweeney

Sony has clearly made it a point to cast already-established big names for their Spider-Man spinoff films. So far we’ve got Tom Hardy as Venom, Jared Leto as Morbius, Aaron Taylor-Johnson as Kraven the Hunter, and Dakota Johnson who was recently set to star in Madame Web. And that film continues to shoot the moon in its casting, with Deadline reporting that Euphora breakout Sydney Sweeney has joined in a mystery role.

Sweeney, whose performance as Cassie in HBO’s Euphoria has reportedly seen her  “[jump] to the top of every major studio lists for young rising stars”, will be making her first move into major blockbuster films. The report goes that she’s “been weighing several offers in recent weeks but the opportunity to join Johnson in what would be the first female-centric film in this universe was too good to pass up.”

In the comics, Madame Web is usually depicted as an elderly woman hooked up to a web-like life support system. She has psychic abilities that she uses to keep the various Spider-heroes close, using them to fight her battles.

Honestly, I have no idea who Sweeney would be good for. Part of me says Silver Sable, if they’re looking to skew her a bit younger, which they could do since Madame Web is probably not going to be portrayed as an old, immobile woman. Or better yet, maybe she’ll play Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat?

Madame Web will be directed by SJ Clarkson (The Defenders) and has yet to be given a release date.

Travis Hopson
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