If reports are accurate, the popular Spider-Woman character will be making her big screen debut under the stewardship of Olivia Wilde.
Like the proverbial bus, Jessica Drew, a.k.a. Spider-Woman, has us waiting ages for an appearance on the big screen, then suddenly two come at once. The character of Drew is considered to be the ‘classic’ incarnation of Spider-Woman (although several other characters have donned the suit), but has never made a big screen appearance. That’s all set to change though, with news emerging a few weeks ago that the character would be appearing in the hotly-anticipated Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse sequel (still the best Spidey film, if you ask me). In that film, Drew will be voiced by Insecure’s Issa Rae.
But if that wasn’t exciting enough, it is being reported that Olivia Wilde’s secret Sony project (that’s been whispered about for some time) is not only, as rumoured, a Spider-Woman film, but will feature the character of Jessica Drew.
Wilde, whose 2019 comedy Booksmart was one of the breakout successes of that year, seems like a perfect choice to write and direct a film about Drew, a smart and strong female character who would go on to enjoy some interesting storylines beyond her tenure as Spider-Woman.
Movieweb is reporting the news, which is still at this stage, a rumour, but it certainly makes a lot of sense for Sony to move in this direction with Wilde on board.
Wilde, when talking about the project a while back, had this to say: “Look, we are seeing this incredible influx of female directors and storytellers getting to take hold of this genre, of the superhero space, and infuse it with their own perspective. So, not only do I get to tell this story as a director, but I get to develop this story, and that was what made it so incredible for me. I’m just honoured to be amongst this wave of women who are showing up and saying ‘we are not only going to step in and try and tell this story like men do, we’re actually going to reframe the stories themselves. And the industry is, as far as I can tell, really supportive of that. There is a sea change and it’s because of these decades of trailblazers who demanded this over and over and over again and it’s finally broken through and I’m very fortunate to be there with it.”
Wilde’s next film, Don’t Worry Darling, has quite the cast and is currently in post-production. We’ll bring you more news on Wilde’s Sony project when those reports are finally confirmed.
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