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Director Jon Watts Shoots Down Spider-Man: Homecoming Rumor

Matt McGloinPosted: 06/16/2016 - 00:18

The past couple of weeks have seen new casting announcements for Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the roles have yet to be revealed.

With the casting of Michael Barbieri came a rumor/speculation that the 14-year-old actor may be playing a version of the Marvel Comics character Ganke Lee, a Korean American, which caused some uproar as it followed the Doctor Strange Ancient One controversial casting of Tilda Swinton replacing a Tibetan character.

Now Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts has taken to Twitter to shoot down the rumor.

"What The--?! Michael Barbieri was never playing Ganke... no idea how that rumor started... Ok, back to work!!!" Watts posted, while also letting loose a second tweet: "What The--?! Michael Barbieri was never playing 'a version of or a character based on/similar to' Ganke... Ok, back to work for reals now!!!"

I actually speculated that Michael Barbieri may be playing Harry Osborn.

"Spider-Man: Homecoming" has a July 7, 2017 release also starring Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei, Zendaya, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Kenneth Choi and Donald Glover.