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Michael Keaton in final negotiations to play Spider-Man: Homecoming villain

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Story by Jack Foley

MICHAEL Keaton is in final negotiations to play the villain in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the former Batman star had initially resisted attempts by Marvel to lure him to the project, with early talks breaking down.

But having temporarily looked at other actors, Marvel have come back to Keaton who is now all but certain to take a role in Jon Watts’ film – the first to be made under the Disney/Marvel ownership.

The new-look Spider-Man has already been unveiled to audiences in Captain America: Civil War and was one of that film’s scene-stealers. He is played by British actor Tom Holland.

Marisa Tomei is also on board to play Aunt May, while Zendaya is the female lead.

Tony Revolori, who starred opposite Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Laura Harrier, who appeared in the soap opera One Life to Live, will provide further support, while Robert Downey Jr. will appear as Tony Stark/Iron Man.

Marvel and Sony are keeping plot and character details secret, so it remains unclear which Spider-Man villain Keaton will play.

The actor is currently riding high off the back of the critical acclaim of his last two movies: the Oscar-winning Spotlight (which this year took Best Picture) and the similarly Oscars laden Birdman, which ironically saw him playing an actor living in the shadow of a superhero role.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is due to begin filming in June.

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