- A report from US-based pop culture website, The Direct, claimed that Marvel and Sony Pictures are planning to cast a Filipina actress for Spider-Man 3
- According to the report, the film is set to cast a “Filipina actress within the age range of 50-80 years old for a small supporting role”
- The role is expected to be a relative of Ned Leeds, played by Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon
A report claimed that Marvel is set to cast a Filipino actress to be part of the upcoming blockbuster hit, Spider-Man 3.
Filipino fans might possibly be in for a surprise after a report claimed that the new installment of the Spider-Man film franchise will star a Filipino actress for one of the roles.
According to an article published by the US-based pop culture website, The Direct, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are “casting a Filipina actress within the age range of 50-80 years old for a small supporting role” in the movie.
The role is for a relative of Ned Leeds, who is the best friend and classmate of Peter Parker (Tom Holland). Leeds is also played by Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon.
“Jacob Batalon’s Ned Leeds has been an integral part of Peter Parker’s MCU journey so far, and this new casting addition could hint that the threequel will finally show the character’s backstory in some form. In real life, Batalon is half-Filipino, so it would make sense for the studio to find an actress that hails from the Philippines,” the report stated.
It added that casting an actor with Filipino heritage to portray the role of Ned’s relative, would be considered a “homage” or tribute to Batalon’s real-life nationality. It would also help further strengthen their representation of Asian heritage.
“More so, this serves as a positive step for Sony and Marvel Studios to further strengthen Asian representation in their films,” the report added.