Jon Favreau signs up for Spider-Man: Homecoming

Jon Favreau has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

The director of Iron Man and The Jungle Book has signed up to reprise his role as Tony Stark’s driver Happy Hogan in the 2017 reboot, Variety reports.

Marvel and studio Sony Pictures, however, have no comment on the story.

Robert Downey Jr. is already on board for the new Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland, so the pair appear likely share screen time again. Favreau directed the first two Iron Man movies, and starred as Happy Hogan in all three.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old American singer and actress Zendaya is rumoured to be playing Mary-Jane Watson, the iconic comic book character famously played on the big screen by Kirsten Dunst, in Spider Man: Homecoming.

Zendaya was cast in Spider-Man: Homecoming in March and said at the film’s panel at San Diego Comic-Con in July: “My character is super dry and awkward. It’s great because it’s who I am in real life, so I don’t feel like I have to act too much.”

The revelation that the Disney Channel star could play Mary-Jane has caused much discussion from polarised fans.

Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit cinemas on July 7, 2017.

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