Sony’s Spider-Man universe is continuing to evolve in some unexpected ways, with iconic antagonists and antiheroes getting the spotlight in their own solo stories. The latest to join that list is Kraven the Hunter, who will be getting his own solo movie starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
The supporting cast of the project has begun to take shape. Zola and The Toxic Avenger actress Taylour Paige is reportedly being eyed to appear in Kraven the Hunter, which would see her playing Marvel villainess Calypso. This comes after previous reports suggested that Jodie Turner-Smith was being circled for the role.
Created by Denny O’Neil and Alan Weiss in 1980’s The Amazing Spider-Man #209, Calypso Ezili is a voodoo priestess with the abilities of mind control and resurrection, who has a key role in Kraven getting his enhanced abilities. She then becomes a love interest of Kraven’s, as well as a formidable villain for Spider-Man.
The Kraven the Hunter movie will also star Russell Crowe in a currently-unknown role, although some have speculated that he could be playing Kraven’s father, Nikolai Kravinoff. Another villain has also been cast, Fred Hechinger as Kraven’s half brother, The Chameleon. The character is usually depicted as a master of disguises, known for his ability to impersonate virtually anybody.
The Kraven movie’s forward momentum comes after the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home — a project that was originally poised to introduce the character to the big screen. As one of Sony Pictures’ universe of Marvel characters, Kraven is among Marvel’s most iconic and notorious antiheroes, who has encountered Venom and Black Panther among many others as well as being one of Spider-Man’s best-known and most formidable enemies.
J.C. Chandor is directing the pic with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing. Art Marcum & Matt Holloway and Richard Wenk penned the screenplay. The film is scheduled to be released theatrically on January 13, 2023.