Isabella Amara Talks About Her Casting In Spider-Man: Homecoming & Confirms Avengers: Infinity War AppearancePosted by Wilson Morales
March 19, 2017
While promoting her latest film, Fox Searchlight’s “Wilson,” which stars Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern, actress Isabella Amara also talked about her casting in two of Marvel’s upcoming films, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” & “Avengers: Infinity War.”
Jon Watts is directing Sony’Pictures’ reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, which stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, Michael Keaton as the villain, Kenneth Choi as Peter’s high school Principal and Zendaya as Michelle.
Also featured in the film are Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Martin Starr, Michael Barbieri, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Isabella Amara, Angourie Rice, Jacob Batalon, Tyne Daly, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., J.J. Totah, Hannibal Burress, Garcelle Beauvais, Tiffany Espensen, Beast of No Nation actor Abraham Attah, and Bokeem Woodbine.
A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.
According to USA Today, Holland says it’s “more a character piece about this kid who’s struggling to talk to girls and also struggling to save the city… This is really a movie where Spider-Man’s not the finished article. He really does learn and he makes massive mistakes. It’s nice to see a kid do that and then try to rectify those mistakes.”
Amara will play the role of Sally in the film. The Atlanta, GA native previously played a teenaged Melissa McCarthy in the comedy “The Boss” and appeared in the ensemble family comedy “Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life.”
Was the ‘Wilson’ casting instrumental in getting a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming?
Isabella Amara: Yes. It definitely helped. Actually, I was in LA for ‘The Boss’ premiere (Isabella played a teenaged Melissa McCarthy in the comedy) and had a general meeting at casting director Sara Finn’s office and one of her casting associates was like, “I know who you are” and I was like “Me?” He said “I saw your pictures from the premiere and my friend had said you were so funny in it.” I said thanks and a week later I was asked to come audition for ‘Spider-Man.’ Within a month, I was booked on the film.
How was filming Wilson and Spider-Man where both films are totally different?
IA: It’s very different. I had a lot more creative freedom on “Wilson.” I had a lot more input as to what my character would look like and a lot more freedom with everything about my character because with Marvel, it’s so specific to stay true to the comic.
Are you also in Avengers: Infinity War?
IA: Yes. I’m in Spider-Man: Homecoming & Avengers: Infinity War. They are filming both Infinity Wars back to back but I’m only in the first one.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters on July 7, 2017.