Sydney Sweeney, currently seeing a huge spike in popularity thanks to her role as Cassie Howard in hit HBO series Euphoria, is joining Sony Pictures’ Spider-Verse.
Sweeney is joining the cast of Sony’s Madame Web, a Marvel Comics adaptation set to star Dakota Johnson in the lead role. Deadline broke the news of Sweeney’s casting, although no details on who she could be playing were made available.
Longtime television helmer S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones, Succession) will be directing the film, with a screenplay penned by Morbius scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless.
Plot info has been hard to come by, with reports suggesting that it’s possible the film’s focus could change from Madame Web to another character or perhaps change up Madam Web’s comic depiction entirely. In the comics, Madame Web (aka Cassandra Web) has generally been depicted as an elderly woman connected to a life support system. A mutant, Madame Web has helped Spider-Man with her clairvoyant and precognitive abilities; Deadline’s insiders have described the character as “essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange”.
Sony’s Spider-Verse is certainly going well. Spider-Man: No Way Home is the sixth-highest grossing film of all time, earning over $US1.8 billion worldwide. Venom sequel Venom: Let There Be Carnage was also a financial hit, topping $US500 million at the global box office. Eyes are now on Morbius, which is just a few weeks away from release.
Sweeney is currently in production on National Anthem, a gritty crime pic also starring Halsey, Paul Walter Hauser, and Simon Rex, among others.