Deadline has reported that Freaky star Celeste O’Connor will be joining Dakota Johnson and Sydney Sweeney in Sony’s newest Marvel film, Madame Web.
No word on who O’Connor is playing.
You can catch O’Connor in The In between on Paramount+, starring Joey King. Her next project will have her teaming up with Scrubs actor, Zach Braff, in A Good Person, which will also star Morgan Freeman and Florence Pugh. Braff will write and direct.
S.J. Clarkson (Jessica Jones) will direct the film, while Morbius scribes Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, and Kerem Sanga (Dinner in America) contributed to the screenplay.
Many have pointed out that the original Madame Web is a much older woman in the comics. With Dakota in the film, we can expect that Madame Web will be pretty different from previous interactions considering that she’s more of a guide to Spider-Man (and other related characters) than a superhero. Sony will also likely drop the Mutant aspect of her character unless they strike another deal with Disney (who now own the rights to the X-Men and the Mutants). And of course, there is the most noticeable change: Johnson is not an elderly woman.
For those unfamiliar with Madame Web, she is essentially a clairvoyant mutant with psychic sensory powers. Insiders close to Deadline claim that Sony wants this character to be their own version of Doctor Strange.
Sources close to Deadline also referenced that Sony is indeed looking to make some huge changes to the character. Many fans will likely be upset with these changes, but Sony does have a valid excuse: it’s part of their Multiverse web.