SPIDER-MAN Sequel Eyes Jake Gyllenhaal to Play Mysterio

Multiple outlets are reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to join Tom Holland for Sony and Marvel’s ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ sequel.

Plot details are still unknown at this time, but it is believed that the ‘Nightcrawler’ and ‘Okja’ star would be playing the sequel’s big bad, Mysterio, opposite Holland’s titular webslinger. According to Variety Michael Keaton will reprise his role as Adrian Toomes aka The Vulture in the follow-up.

An iconic Spider-Man villain, Mysterio was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #13 (1964). His alter ego, Quentin Beck, was a Hollywood special-effects artist who realised that his expertise in illusions could make him an effective super-villain

‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ director Jon Watts is returning to direct the sequel, with Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, two of the screenwriters behind ‘Homecoming,’ providing the script.

This is not Gyllenhaal’s first brush with the Spider-Man franchise, as the actor was famously under serious consideration to replace Tobey Maguire in Sam Raimi’s ‘Spider-Man 2.’