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Director Jon Watts Shoots Down Spider-Man: Homecoming Rumor

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.

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Casts Michael Barbieri

Do we have our Harry Osborn?

Deadline reports that 14-year-old actor Michael Barbieri is in negotiations for an undisclosed role in Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Barbieri is known for Killer, Little Men and has recently been cast in Stephen King’s Dark Tower.

It’s known that Michael Keaton, rumored to be playing a villain, screen tested with young actors; it’s possible that Michael Barbieri was amongst them.

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

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