One of the upcoming films that are part of Sony's Spider-Man Universe slate is Madame Web, which will center on the known titular character from the Marvel comics. We've been hearing some updates about the film in the past few months as production is set to begin soon. Now, it looks like the project has another significant development as they have added another cast member.
According to Deadline, Ghostbusters: Afterlife star Celeste O'Connor has signed on to join the cast of Madame Web. The details regarding their role are under wraps for now. S.J. Clarkson is attached to direct the film. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless are writing the screenplay.
The cast already includes Dakota Johnson (as the titular character) and Sydney Sweeney. The film is described as an "origin story of the clairvoyant, whose psychic abilities allow her to see within the spider world." It will be the first female-led film in Sony's Spider-Man Universe franchise.
O'Connor's casting comes after their breakout role in Ghostbusters: Afterlife, another Sony film, where they played Trevor's love interest Lucky Domingo. They also starred in films such as Wetlands, Irreplaceable You, Selah and the Spades, Freaky, The In Between, and the upcoming A Good Person.
While we don't know the role that they are going to play whether it's an original character or based on the comics, it is still exciting to hear O'Connor's casting in the film since they are a talented actor and has proven in Ghostbusters: Afterlife that they have what it takes to star in a tentpole film and work alongside the calibers of Johnson and Sweeney, who are both great actresses as well.
Madame Web is set to be released in theaters on July 7, 2023.