Ariana DeBose Gets Her First Big Role after “West Side Story”

Actress Ariana DeBose joins the cast of marvel/Sony’s “Kraven the Hunter,” a new superhero adventure that features Aaron Taylor Johnson as one of Spider-Man’s deadliest antagonists. Under Sony production, the film will be directed by J.C. Chandor and the screenplay will be written by Richard Wenk and Art Marcum.

Following the success of “West Side Story,” DeBose has landed his first major role. With two film works behind her, this time the Oscar-nominated actress will play the ally and love interest of the popular Spider-Man villain.

The actress of Puerto Rican descent will play Calypso, the ally and love interest of Kraven the Hunter. On top of that, Calypso is a powerful voodoo priestess with mystical abilities providing some of her mystical abilities to Kraven. In this way, DeBose will have a role similar to that of Michelle Williams in the two Venom films. It should be noted that actresses Jodie Turner-Smith and Taylour Paige were previously rumored for the role. However, Sony has finally decided to choose Ariana DeBose to accompany Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Kraven’s film.

DeBose is currently the favorite to win best supporting actress at this year’s Oscars for her captivating role as Anita in Steven Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story.” Over the past weekend, she took home the award for best supporting actress at the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

“It took me a long time to feel comfortable calling myself an actress. My roots come from the world of dance and the Broadway stage,” he said on stage at the SAG Awards as he accepted the trophy.

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Prior to his big-screen appearance in “West Side Story,” DeBose was a member of the original Broadway cast of “Hamilton” and earned a Tony nomination for playing the lead role in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” He later starred in Ryan Murphy’s film adaptation of “The Prom” for Netflix, as well as the Apple TV Plus musical comedy series “Schmigadoon!”

After The Spielberg musical, the actress, who has defined herself as “queer”, participated in a supporting role in “Argylle” and has been one of the protagonists of the independent “I.S.S”, both pending release.

With this individual Kraven film, Sony continues with its respective spider-man arachnid spin-offs, belonging to the Marvel universe. Following the success of “Venom” and “Venom: There Will Be Slaughter/Venom: Let There Be Carnage,” next April will come “Morbius” starring Jared Leto.

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