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Spider-Man Fans Rejoice: Jake Gyllenhaal Cast As Iconic Baddie Mysterio

If you’ve always been desperate to see forever heartthrob Jake Gyllenhaal parade around the place in a helmet that looks suspiciously like an oversized fishbowl and a cape, congrats: because you’ll be able to shove that very specific fantasy into your eyeballs real soon. Gylls recently started an Instagram to confirm he’ll be playing the special effects whiz-turned-villain Mysterio in the upcoming Marvel flick Spider-Man: Far From Home.

The news isn’t a total surprise. Photos from the set snapped backed in September showed Gyllenhaal dressed in a very elaborate looking get-up (sadly sans fishbowl), and rumours that the iconic villain would be the one squaring up against Spidey in the upcoming sequel have been swirling for a while now.

But hey, it’s always nice to get casting confirmed, particularly when it’s coming straight from the chiselled, rugged horse’s mouth itself.

Mysterio’s journey to the silver screen has been a long and winding one. A few years ago it was revealed that Sam Raimi, director of the Tobey Maguire-starring and distinctly underrated original Spiderman trilogy (justice for Spiderman 3!), had his own plans to bring Mysterio to life. Originally, Raimi’s longtime collaborator Bruce Campbell was going to play ole fishbowl head. But the studio balked at Raimi’s choice of villains; he, Maguire and Kirsten Dunst jumped ship; and Mysterio-stans were left empty-handed – until now!

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I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man.

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It’ll be interesting to see how Mysterio is worked into the light but distinctly grounded vibe of the newly rebooted series. He’s always been a particularly ridiculous villain – who can forget his iconic, screechy voice from the ’90s animated Spider-Man series – so making him a real-world threat will be a challenge in and of itself.

Anyway, don’t get too excited about all this. The sequel isn’t dropping until July 5 next year, so we all have some sitting around and waiting to do yet. Till then, tide yourself over with this video of singing Gyllenhaal!

During commercial breaks at The Tony's tonight, the amazingly brilliant James Corden started up a Broadway-themed "commercial karaoke". He asked for volunteers. Jake Gyllenhaal & I were happy to oblige with our rendition of "A Whole New World" from ALADDIN. #TheTonyAwards

Posted by Sean Hayes on Sunday, 12 June 2016