Animated Spider-Man movie casts its Miles Morales

Rianne Houghton
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From Digital Spy

A new animated incarnation of Marvel's Spider-Man is on its way, and now the movie has cast its lead!

Joining the film as the latest Miles Morales is Shameik Moore, known for his roles in indie flick Dope and the Netflix series The Get Down.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Liev Schreiber is also on board for the Sony project, as the voice of the movie's villain – although we don't know which villain that is for now.

The as-yet-untitled animated Spider-Man movie will deviate from Marvel's live-action titles in that it will focus on the half-black, half-Latino Miles Morales, rather than Peter Parker.

Miles was initially introduced under the Ultimate Marvel imprint in 2011 as he took over the identity of Spider-Man following Peter's death.

Photo credit: Marvel Comics

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Miles was created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, and is said to have been inspired by then-US President Barack Obama and Community's Donald Glover – who went on to voice him in Disney XD's animated series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Now that's what we call #inspo.

Although we don't yet know when our animated Spidey will hit cinema screens, we do know that the project is in the very capable hands of The Lego Movie's Phil Lord (as writer and producer) and Chris Miller (as producer).

Bob Persichetti (The Little Prince) is reported to be co-directing alongside Rise of the Guardians' Peter Ramsey.

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