Zendaya Didn’t Know She Was Auditioning For Spider-Man: Homecoming


Marvel Studios films are known for their secrecy. President Kevin Feige ensures there’s are surprises in each film by forcing cast and crew alike to keep quiet about plot details before they’re released.

Apparently some actor don’t even know who they are playing when they audition for the role, forcing a certain level of creativity when it comes to playing roles. One of the Spider-Man: Homecoming stars Zendaya admitted that she had no idea which role she was applying for before they told her she was cast in the film.

While speaking with Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show, Zendaya said she didn’t even know she was auditioning for a role in a Spider-Man movie.

“I knew I was auditioning for ‘Girl In Movie’, it was great getting into character [laughs],” Zendaya said. “In fact, I didn’t actually even know what kind of character [it was], because my character is very interesting. She is kind of a loner; she is super-intellectual, very dug-dry humor with one-liners, pops in and pops out. I didn’t even know what character I was going to play until I got there and sign the Non-Disclosure and then read the script.”

Zendaya will be playing a character called Michelle, who wars rumored to be a version of Mary Jane for the MCU. Those rumors have yet to pan out, and all signs seem to point toward her playing an original character.

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The actor/singer added that the production felt different from a superhero movie from her perspective because she was mostly involved in “the Peter Parker side of Spider-Man’s life.”

“So everything that I shot, when we were shooting just felt like I was shooting this awkward teen coming-of-age comedy kind of thing and then you realize, when the trailers were starting to come out, that ‘Wow, this is a Spider-Man movie! This is action, it’s going down!’” Zendaya said.

We’ll get to see that action go down when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters July 7.

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Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, young Peter Parker (Tom Holland) returns home to live with his Aunt May. Under the watchful eye of mentor Tony Stark, Parker starts to embrace his newfound identity as Spider-Man. He also tries to return to his normal daily routine — distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just a friendly neighborhood superhero. Peter must soon put his powers to the test when the evil Vulture emerges to threaten everything that he holds dear.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is directed by Jon Watts, from a screenplay by Jonathan M. Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers, and stars Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Tyne Daly, Bokeem Woodbine, Marisa Tomei, and Robert Downey Jr.

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