A lot of movie news at the moment consists of casting announcements, and Sony’s Spider-Man spinoff has some news of its own. 

Celeste O'Connor in 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

Celeste O'Connor in 2021's Ghostbusters: Afterlife / Picture Credit: Columbia Pictures

Star of last year’s (2021) Ghostbusters: Afterlife, Celeste O’Connor, has recently been cast in the forthcoming Sony film, Madame Web

O’Connor played Lucky in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, which seemed to do well with audiences. Now, the 23-year-old actor will be playing a role that, at the moment, is being kept behind closed doors. 

Hopefully more plot-based information will reach the surface, but since the film is over a year away, it may be a while before any narrative or character information is revealed in depth. 

Since this is a Sony film, it will take place in the same universe as Venom (2018) and its 2021 sequel, Venom: Let there be Carnage, and this year’s (2022) Morbius

Despite not much being known about O’Connor’s role or the narrative, we do know that star of the 50 Shades franchise, Dakota Johnson, has landed herself in the titular role of Madame Web herself, a character who has been a hindrance to Spider-Man in the comics since the 1980s. 

Madame Web and Spider-Man's comic interactions will of course be something fans are talking about, as audiences wonder about how much of the comic characters’ story will be included in the forthcoming feature. 

Madame Web is being directed by S. J. Clarkson, who has helmed episodes of popular series, such as Orange Is the New Black, Succession, and Marvel’s Jessica Jones, so he definitely has some Marvel experience and knows how to film a drama. 

The writers for the film’s screenplay are Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, who also wrote Morbius; the feature wasn’t exactly met with positive reviews, so let’s hope that the pair can bring about a better response from audiences with Madame Web

Sony’s movie universe isn’t exactly going so well, but both Madame Web and Aaron Taylor-Johnson film Kraven the Hunter (releasing on January 13th, 2023) look promising, and will hopefully get the Sony universe back on track. 

Madame Web is slated for cinematic release on July 7th, 2023. 

Written by Melissa, who you can follow on Twitter @melissajournal

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