Now here’s some casting I can get behind.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Get Out and Nope star Daniel Kaluuya has joined the voice cast of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the upcoming sequel to the Oscar-winning animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (2018). He will voice Hobart “Hobie” Brown / Spider-Punk, a homeless teenager who becomes a hero to the oppressed citizens of New York in his dimensional universe. Spider-Punk first appeared on the pages of Marvel Comics in 2015.
Kaluuya joins Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, and Jake Johnson, who were all previously announced to be reprising their Into the Spider-Verse roles as Miles Morales / Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy / Spider-Gwen, and Peter B. Parker / Spider-Man. New additions to the cast include Issa Rae as Jessica Drew / Spider-Woman, Jorma Taccone as The Vulture, and Jason Schwartzman as The Spot.
Plot details are scarce, but the sequel will reportedly find Miles Morales, Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, forced to reteam with Spider-Gwen and a new cadre of Spider-People to face off with a powerful villain.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse is currently scheduled to open in theaters on June 2, 2023. Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, the third installment in the Sony Pictures animated franchise, will follow on March 29, 2024.
What do you think of Kaluuya voicing Spider-Punk? Ever heard of the character before now?