SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Adds Breakout Star Michael Barbieri

Rising star Michael Barbieri prepares to swing into SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING!

Michael Barbieri made quite the name for himself with the Sundance hit film Little Men. The 14-year-old soon captured a role in the adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey and now, he’s set to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming!

Barbieri’s role in the franchise reboot has not been announced, but there are very few characters around Peter Parker’s age in the series, which helps narrow it down. Barring yet another take on Harry Osborn, we’re guessing that the smaller, younger actor might play Charlie Weiderman, a Midtown High School classmate of Peter’s who isĀ perhaps the only person bullied and nagged more often within its halls. As he grows older, Charlie’s quest for vengeance leads him down a dark path.

Of course, that’s just our theory. Michael Barbieri’s character could be a less significant role or original to the films for what we know, though the latter doesn’t seem to be Marvel’s style (and remember, they’re collaborating with Sony on these films!)

Reportedly, Barbieri originally auditioned for the role of Peter Parker.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming will see the return of Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, as well as a special guest appearance from Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark. Additionally, Zendaya has been added to the cast as the female lead, believed to also be Peter’s love interest.

The film is set to swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.

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