While there is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the film industry because of the global coronavirus pandemic, it hasn’t seemed to stop film studios from casting and shooting films that probably will not have a set release date in the near future.
The latest casting news involves Benedict Cumberbatch, who Deadline reports have been announced as part of the third Sony Spider-Man movie. He will be reprising his role as Doctor Strange, while Tom Holland returns as Peter Parker.
The publication says that Strange is meant to fill in the mentor role that Tony Stark left empty after the events of Avengers: Endgame. Benedict Cumberbatch is also reportedly set to film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness after this third Spider-Man movie.
The Hollywood Reporter notes that this isn’t the only bit of casting news to come out about the third Spider-Man movie. Recently, Sony revealed that Jamie Foxx would be returning to the Spider-Man films as Electro, a character he played in the Andrew Garfield-led film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The publication also pointed out that Benedict Cumberbatch and Foxx’s involvement in the movie further strengthens the fan theory that the third Spider-Man may involve the Spiderverse. This is because Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will be dealing with alternate realities.
Foxx and Cumberbatch’s casting are just the latest news to come out about planned films from Hollywood. Last July, it was reported that Jude Law was being eyed to play Captain Hook in Disney’s live-action adaptation of Peter Pan.
The new adaptation, titled Peter Pan and Wendy, will have the 47-year-old actor starring alongside veteran child actor Ever Anderson and newcomer Alexander Molony. Peter Pan will be played by Molony, while Wendy will be portrayed by Anderson.
Like most productions during the age of the global coronavirus pandemic, Peter Pan and Wendy have been delayed. The film had to stop shooting back in March when the global coronavirus pandemic really began to spread around the world.
Just when the third Spider-Man film will be able to start production is still up in the air as the global coronavirus pandemic has not shown any signs of slowing down. In the United States, the Oct. 8 update from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention puts the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 7,528,313 people. Deaths caused by COVID-19 are now at 211,132 people.
Globally, the World Health Organization’s Oct. 8 update says there are now 36,002,827 confirmed COVID-19. Fatalities from COVID-19 are now at 1,049,810 people.