Dakota Johnson is having a moment right now. She was just recently featured in two Sundance films last month, both of which could end up with awards nominations next year, and now we’re learning she just landed a huge gig with Sony and their Universe of Marvel Characters.
According to the reports, Johnson has been cast as Madame Web in the studio’s next standalone superhero movie. It’ll mark Sony’s first modern comic book adaptation to feature a female lead.
Insiders say the deal isn’t 100% done, but it’s as close as you can get.
In the comics, Madame Web is depicted as an elderly woman with myasthenia gravis and thus was connected to a life support system that looked like a spider web. Due to her age and medical condition, Madame Web never actively fought any villains. For that reason, sources have stressed it’s possible the project could turn into something else. Insiders say due to her psychic sensory powers, she is essentially Sony’s version of Doctor Strange.
S.J. Clarkson will reportedly direct this film and Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless will write the screenplay. They are the writing team behind the upcoming ‘Morbius’ film starring Jared Leto.
Madame Web is one of several Spider-Man related spinoffs in development as Sony spawns its own separate and expanding film franchise, one that is anchored by baddies like Venom, Morbius and Kraven.
We’ll update once more information is available.