Insecure star Issa Rae is a real-life superhero, and now she's voicing one.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, actress and writer Issa Rae will provide the voice of Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman in the sequel to Spider-Man: Into the SpiderVerse.
Rae shared a screenshot of a friend congratulating her on her Spider-Man role, a superhero she's been a fan of since she was a kid.
Issa Rae was the first new cast member announced for the Spider-Verse sequel. While plot details for the sequel have been kept under wraps, we know that Shameik Moore and Hailee Steinfeld will return as Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen,. THR reports that the film will explore more Spider-Man characters from the comics. It can be assumed that it will resemble the multiverse structure of Spider-Verse. Joaquim Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will take over the film direction, while Peter Ramsey, one of the first film directors, will return as executive producer.
Fans of the comics will recognize the character Rae was cast for. Jessica Drew made her first appearance in Marvel Spotlight #32 and appeared in fifty issues of the current self-titled comic series Spider-Woman. In her first appearance, she is presented as a real spider that has evolved into a human, but in her debut, Wolfman presents a different origin in a Retcon.
Originally conceived as a one-off character, Jessica Drew's comic sold out, allowing the author and editor Marv Wolfman to include the character in the series.
The first Spider-Verse movie was a great mixture of comedy and heartbreaking moments. Since its release, a female-led spin-off film has also been announced and the sequel. The Spider-Verse sequel is set to hit theaters on October 7, 2022.