EXCLUSIVE: After a stellar year that included starring roles on HBO shows The White Lotus and Euphoria, Sydney Sweeney is now ready to step into Sony’s universe of Marvel characters. Sources tell Deadline she joined Dakota Johnson in Sony Pictures Ms Web. SJ Clarkson is on board to direct the picture. Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless penned the screenplay, with Kerem Sanga also penning a previous draft.
In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and was therefore connected to a life support system that resembled a spider’s web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web has never actively fought villains. Because of this, sources pointed out that it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say that due to her psychic sensory powers, she’s essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange. It is unclear who Sweeney will play in the film.
Sony comes out of a good streak with Venom: let there be carnage earn over $500 million worldwide, while Spider-Man: No Coming Home was the biggest movie of 2021 with $1.85 billion in worldwide sales.
Not only does Sweeney go on one of the hottest shows of the year in Euphoria (HBO recently announced it was the network’s second most-watched show behind only The iron Throne), she clearly became one of the big winners of this season and quickly rose to the top of all major studio lists for young rising stars. Sources say Sweeney had weighed several offers in recent weeks, but the opportunity to join Johnson in what would be the first female-centric film in this universe was too good to pass up.
Sweeney had a busy 12 months which began with his role as a scene stealer in another hit HBO series White Lotus. On the film side, she had leading roles in The Voyeurs for Amazon and Blumhouse Night. She is currently filming the Tony Tost film National anthem, which also stars Simon Rex and Halsey.
She is replaced by Paradigm and Hansen Jacobson Teller.