The Madame Web cast continues to grow.
Deadline reports Ghostbusters: Afterlife‘s Celeste O’Connor has joined the cast in an unspecified role. Dakota Johnson is set to star as Madame Web, a precognitive mutant created by Denny O’Neil and artist John Romita Jr who also happened to be blind and paralyzed. Using a sophisticated web-themed rig, she was mobile and able to use her talents to tip off Spider-Man to certain crimes and activities. She came to some prominence in the 1990s Spider-Man animated series on FOX, where she used her enigmatic appearance and precog talents to send Peter on various missions. And as an ally of The Beyonder, she was actually testing Peter for a perilous journey with multiversal implications. The film will be directed by S.J. Clarkson from a script by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless (with Kerem Sanga contributing to a draft). Sydney Sweeney is also set to appear in the film.
Word of the project first broke in 2019 as part of the studio’s aggressive plan to develop Spider-Man characters into their own properties. Madame Web rarely fights opponents directly, but the Sony Spider-Man films are known for being a little looser with the source material, so a film detailing her earlier days is always possible as well.
And with Spider-Man: No Way Home finally out in the world, we know the Multiverse is a wondrous place and Madame Web can occur in just about any reality. But we imagine quite a few people would love to see Cassandra Webb test Andrew Garfield‘s Spider-Man at some point.
Madame Web is currently set for a July 7, 2023 release.