According to Variety, after previously passing on the role of the villain, Michael Keaten is back in talks with Sony to join Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Apparently the actor pulled out of the film when Robert Downey Jnr. was added to the line-up, following the announcement a dispute occurred regarding whether the studio would be able to afford both actors. Variety’s insiders report that following Downey’s confirmation to the cast, Sony and Marvel have now restarted talks with Keaton and have “found a way to make both parties happy.”
Director Jon Watts fueled this rumor further by posting the following GIF on Twitter:
— Jon Watts (@jnwtts) 20 May 2016
If this rumor is true, Keaton will join Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Robert Downey Jnr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Tony Revolori (Manuel), Zendaya and Laura Harrier (both in undisclosed roles). The Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios co-production is set for release on July 7, 2017 and will be directed by Jon Watts.