Dope’s Shameik Moore Cast as Miles Morales!

Meet Sony Pictures Animation’s new Spider-Man, Shameik Moore!

The big screen has a new Spider-Man! The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Shameik Moore, star of The Get Down and Dope, is set to voice the lead in Sony Pictures Animation‘s upcoming animated Spider-Man movie. While Tom Holland will continue to play the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s live-action Peter Parker, Shameik Moore will play a version of Spidey based on the Miles Morales character. Also joining the cast is Liev Schreiber as a mystery villain.

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Created by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, Miles Morales was originally an inhabitant of Marvel’s Ultimate universe that existed between 2001 and 2015 as a parallel timeline reboot of Marvel continuity. Morales didn’t appear until Ultimate Fallout #4 in 2011, however, following the death of the Ultimate Peter Parker. The character has some of the same powers as the original Spider-Man, but he is also capable of briefly turning invisible and even a venom sting that can paralyze his foes. In the wake of Marvel’s 2015 Secret Wars event, Miles Morales was brought over to the central Marvel Universe (That’s the 616, true believers!) where he currently headlines Marvel’s adjectiveless Spider-Man title.

21 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie filmmakers Phil Lord and Chris Miller are writing and producing the animated Spider-Man film, which is being directed by The Little Prince‘s Bob Persichetti and Rise of the Guardians‘ Peter Ramsey. Look for it to swing into theaters on December 21, 2018.

Before the animated feature premieres, Tom Holland will be putting on the Spider-Man again mask as Peter Parker in the live-action Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, 2017.

What do you think of Shameik Moore as Miles Morales? What villain do you think Liev Schreiber is playing? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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