At this rate, it seems as though the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming will continue growing until opening day. Several of the additions to Peter Parker’s (Tom Holland) high school class have been relative unknowns. However, that group received a fantastic new addition today in Angourie Rice. Rice recently portrayed Holly March in Shane Black’s fantastic summer comedy The Nice Guys. Acting opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe is certainly no easy feat. However, Angourie Rice completely blew expectations away with her hilarious turn as Gosling’s vastly more intelligent daughter. In fact, given the nature of that role, Rice’s casting here potentially bodes something very exciting.
Essentially every supporting cast member of Spider-Man: Homecoming has been given a secret role. So far, it has been unclear whether or not the film will be re-using Spider-Man’s classic classmates. Pop star Zendaya has reportedly been given the love interest role. The studio has claimed her characters’ name is Michelle, although many believe that to be an alias. However, she doesn’t really fit the description of Mary Jane Watson or Gwen Stacy.
Angourie Rice, on the other hand, absolutely fits the bill for Gwen Stacy. Not only does she resemble Gwen (although she’d have to go a bit blonder) but she’s a great choice. The plucky wit and intelligence that she brought to Holly are exactly what a character like Gwen needs. She’d be inheriting the role from Emma Stone, who played the character twice in the Amazing Spider-Man series. However, it’ll be difficult to know for sure until concrete character announcements are made. Expect a few of those at the Marvel Comic-Con panel in just a couple of weeks. In the meantime, Rice simply makes for another addition to a cast that is turning out to be pretty amazing indeed.
Spider-Man: Homecoming Opens On July 7th, 2017
Michael Fairbanks is a lifelong film lover from San Diego, California. His favorite movies include The Dark Knight, Silver Linings Playbook, and As Good As It Gets. In addition to The Nerd Stash, Fairbanks writes for both The Young Folks, and his own blog, entitled Fairbanks on Film.