Sydney Sweeney—one of the internet’s favourite stars right now—is set to join Dakota Johnson in the new Spiderman spin-off.
The actress is most well-known for playing Cassie Howard in HBO’s Euphoria. Although (now) generally hated by the internet, Cassie Howard shot Sweeney to stardom. As per Deadline, the actress quickly jumped to the top of every major studio’s list of young rising stars.
And now, Sydney Sweeney is to join Dakota Johnson in the new Spiderman spin-off. The spin-off is based on a side character, Madame Web, who will be played by Dakota Johnson.
Madame Web was originally a side character in the original comic series. Web is an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis, a neurological condition. As a result, she is extremely weak physically and depends on a spider-web-like life-support system to survive. The side effect? She has powerful psychic abilities, which she uses to become a medium.
On March 16, Deadline reported that Sweeney would be the newest addition to the ever-expanding Spiderverse. Although Sweeney’s role is still unknown, fans have a wide range of theories and speculations.
Most casual-fans know Mary Jane, or MJ to be Peter Parker’s love interest. But Gwen Stacy, or Spider-Gwen, also played his love interest in some comic arcs. In the 2018 film, Spiderman: Into the Spider-verse, Gwen Stacy appeared as Spider-Gwen for the first time in a live-action movie. Many fans speculate that Sydney Sweeney may just be Gwen Stacy, or Spider-Gwen in the new Spiderman spin-off.
Black Cat, or Felicia Hardy, is the vigilante daughter of an infamous cat burglar. She skilled in fighting, and can even create ‘bad luck’ for her foes. She forms a complex relationship with Peter Parker, and walks the line between lover and enemy. Certainly, this is a fan-favourite theory; the topic even began to trend on Twitter after Deadline revealed the casting news.
There’s no doubt that Madame Web is a milestone for Sony. The film will be the first modern adaptation to feature a woman in the title role. S.J. Clarkson–known for Jessica Jones–is set to direct the film. Moreover, screenwriting duo Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, known for Dracula Untold and Morbius, and The Last Witch Hunter, are on the script.
Sydney Sweeney’s performance in Euphoria’s season two certainly cemented her as one of the internet’s favourites. Moreover, fans and casual-watchers alike, are excited for the role–and the film– to come.
Published by HOLR Magazine.