Oscar winner Daniel Kaluuya is ready for more Marvel following his supporting turn in Black Panther, as he’s set to voice Spider-Punk in Sony’s animated movie Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse.
Justin K. Thompson, Joaquim Dos Santos, and Kemp Powers are directing the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which is slated to hit theaters next summer on June 2, 2023.
Shameik Moore returns to voice Marvel protagonist Miles Morales, who teams up with Spider-Gwen (Hailee Steinfeld) and a new team of colorful superheroes to defend the world, including his home base of Brooklyn, from a powerful villain. Oscar Isaac, Brian Tyree Henry, Luna Lauren Velez, and Greta Lee will also return for the sequel, which will feature the voices of Rachel Dratch, Issa Rae, Jason Schwartzman, Jorma Taccone, and Shea Whigham as new characters.
Spider-Punk is the alter-ego of Hobart “Hobie” Brown, a homeless teenager who becomes a hero to the oppressed citizens of New York, and who first appeared in a 2015 Marvel comic from writer Dan Slott and artist Olivier Coipel.
Phil Lord and Chris Miller wrote the script with Dave Callaham, and the two are also producing Across the Spider-Verse alongside Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, and Christina Steinberg are producing. Into the Spider-Verse directors Peter Ramsey and Bob Persichetti will serve as executive producers on the sequel, as will Lord Miller exec Aditya Sood.
Sony will release the third film in the trilogy, Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, on March 29, 2024. The first film grossed $384 million worldwide and earned rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.
Kaluuya won an Oscar for his supporting turn in Judas and the Black Messiah and he was also nominated for his leading role in Get Out. The actor recently reunited with that film’s director, Jordan Peele, for the sci-fi movie Nope, which is now available on VOD platforms. Kaluuya does not, however, reprise his role as W’Kabi in Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, which hits theaters on Friday.
Kaluuya is represented by Entertainment 360 and B-Side, and the Hollywood Reporter broke the news of his casting.