Jake Gyllenhaal in talks to play Mysterio in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ sequel
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Jake Gyllenhaal might be finally joining the Spider-Man franchise after all—as a classic villain.
The Oscar-nominated actor is in talks to star as Mysterio in the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming, according to Entertainment Weekly. The untitled film is set to be released by Marvel and Sony July 5, 2019.
It isn’t the first time Gyllenhaal has been considered for a role in the film series. Between 2002 and 2004, Tobey Maguire was injured while filming Seabiscuit, and rumors were swirling that Gyllenhaal would be his replacement in the first Spider-Man trilogy. Maguire recovered in time to stick to his role, so Gyllenhaal had to wait to enter the superhero world.
The original Mysterio is Quentin Beck, who was a Hollywood stuntman and special effects expert who left his career to use his talents to become an effective illusionist supervillain. The villain is known for his fishbowl helmet and his use of psychological warfare.
If the deal is made, Gyllenhaal will join Tom Holland as Spiderman in the sequel, which is directed by Jon Watts. Also, Michael Keaton is slated to return as Vulture in the sequel.
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