‘Jake Gyllenhaal is in talks to play the villainous Mysterio in Sony Pictures sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Talks are underway right now for Gyllenhaal to join the long line of Spidey villains. Gyllenhaal is booked to star this fall in The American, the BRON-financed and Cary Fukunaga-directed drama about the life of iconic composer Leonard Bernstein, which Gyllenhaal is producing with Riva Marker through their Nine Stories banner along with Fukunaga. Gyllenhaal is repped by WME and Bloom Hergott.
The Mysterio character joined the Spider-Man universe in the Marvel Comics series in 1964. The bubble-headed bad guy is a master of illusion and deception. Rumors of the imminent christening of the new Spidey villain originated in the British press. Tom Holland completed the first Spidey film and he’s back along with director Jon Watts and the original cast. He also is part of Avengers: Infinity War, which is racking up grosses at a record rate for Marvel.
Also a footnote on Gyllenhaal and Spider-Man. The actor almost played him during the first go-around when Tobey Maguire starred as the wall crawler. For a while there, it looked like a back injury suffered by Maguire, and some pay issues, was going to knock him out of the role, and Gyllenhaal was waiting in the wings. Now, he’s back in as the main villain. Too early to get comment out of Sony.
The film will be released July 5, 2019.’