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The Casting Process For Spider-Man: Homecoming Felt Like The Hunger Games

This is turning into a busy news week for Spider-Man: Homecoming. For one, it was confirmed yesterday that Michael Keaton will be playing Vulture in the film. In addition, The Hollywood Reporter has released anecdote-filled interviews with stars Tom Holland and Zendaya, offering further insight into the production. A lifelong Spider-Man fan, Holland was excited to audition, but he says the process of landing this much sought after role was somewhat unpleasant. “When we did the screen tests, there were six of us all in this room waiting to audition,” he explained. “It felt like The Hunger Games. It was a real weird atmosphere because there’s all these kids who really, really want this role. They were like, ‘We’ll let you know tomorrow.’ Then you find out a month later what the verdict was.”

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By all indications, it was worth the wait because Holland is now signed on to appear in a whole slew of Marvel movies. “They give you options, and those could be exercised whenever—like a cameo in Avengers. I’m unclear as to which movies though. I do know I have three Spider-Man movies and three solo movies contracted.”

As for Zendaya, she seized the opportunity to remind fans that the controversy over her role in the film is extremely premature—and misguided. “Of course there’s going to be outrage over that,” she said, regarding speculation that she’s playing Mary Jane Watson. “For some reason, some people just aren’t ready. I’m like, ‘I don’t know what America you live in, but from what I see when I walk outside my streets of New York right now, I see lots of diversity and I see the real world and it’s beautiful, and that’s what should be reflected and that’s what is reflected, so you’re just going to have to get over it.”

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theatres on July 7, 2017. For more on the film, check out the video from The Hollywood Reporter below.

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