Issa Rae Cast as Spider-Woman in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” Sequel

Rae: Sam Trotter/Variety; Jessica Drew Courtesy of Marvel

Actor, writer, producer, director and executive Issa Rae can now add superhero to her resume.

The “Insecure” star and industry multi-hyphenate has joined the cast of the sequel to 2018’s Oscar-winning animated feature “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” as Jessica Drew, better known as Spider-Woman.

Rae joins returning voice actors Shameik Moore (as main hero Miles Morales) and Hailee Steinfeld (as Gwen Stacy, a.k.a. Spider-Gwen). In April, Variety reported exclusively that Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers and Justin K. Thompson will be directing the feature, with producers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller also credited as writers on the screenplay, along with David Callaham.

Amy Pascal, Avi Arad and Christina Steinberg are also producing, and original “Spider-Verse” director Peter Ramsey is returning as an executive producer, with Lord Miller’s Aditya Sood.

While plot details are a tightly guarded secret, casting Rae as Jessica Drew does open up the possibility of exploring a region of the Marvel comics landscape that’s been virtually ignored in the Marvel feature and TV series adaptations of the last 20 years: Wundagore Mountain.

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SOURCE: Variety, Adam B. Vary

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