Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Casts Andy Samberg in Mystery Role
Actor and comedian Andy Samberg has joined the star-studded voice cast of Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, the fast approaching (and highly anticipated) sequel to 2018's Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
Last June, Sony Pictures Animation announced that Jorma Taccone -- a member of Samberg's comedy/music trio The Lonely Island -- had boarded Across the Spider-Verse. Taccone provides the voice for a Renaissance-themed variant of classic Spider-Man villain Adrian Toomes/Vulture. However, The Lonely Island has now taken to Instagram to reveal that Samberg himself will actually be joining Taccone in the film. That being said, Samberg's Across the Spider-Verse role is being kept under wraps for the time being.
The Lonely Island consists of Samberg, Taccone and Akiva Schaffer. All three were hired as writers on Saturday Night Live in 2005, with Samberg also joining the show as a featured cast member. The trio pioneered SNL's Digital Shorts, with their skit "The Shooting" (aka "Dear Sister") becoming a viral sensation. The Lonely Island is also well known for their comedic hip-hop songs (which double as SNL skits), such as "Lazy Sunday," "I'm on a Boat" and "Like a Boss," among others. Beyond the group, Samberg is known for his roles in films like Hot Rod and television shows like Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse Kicks off the Spider-War
Across the Spider-Verse is slated to open in theaters in just over one month's time on June 2. The film stars the voices of Shameik Moore, Hailee Steinfeld, Jake Johnson and Oscar Issac, who reprise their roles as Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy/Spider-Woman, Peter B. Parker/Spider-Man and Miguel O'Hara/Spider-Man 2099, respectively, from Into the Spider-Verse. Samberg and Taccone are joined in the sequel by a number of other newcomers, including Issa Rae as Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, Daniel Kaluuya as Hobie Brown/Spider-Punk, Karan Soni as Pavitr Prabhakar/Spider-Man India and Jason Schwartzman as the Spot, the main villain of the piece.
"Miles Morales returns for the next chapter of the Oscar-winning Spider-Verse saga, Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse," the film's official synopsis reads. "After reuniting with Gwen Stacy, Brooklyn's full-time, friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is catapulted across the Multiverse, where he encounters a team of Spider-People charged with protecting its very existence. But when the heroes clash on how to handle a new threat, Miles finds himself pitted against the other Spiders and must redefine what it means to be a hero so he can save the people he loves most." Across the Spider-Versewill lead directly into Spider-Man: Beyond the Spider-Verse, which is itself scheduled to hit theaters on March 29, 2024.
Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse opens in theaters on June 2.