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Casting: J.B. Smoove swings into Spider-Man: Far From Home; Dakota Fanning and Koichi Yamadera join new anime series

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Jul 9, 2018, 8:45 PM EDT

In casting news today, there is some movement on the next Spider-Man film, as well a new additions to an upcoming anime series from Rooster Teeth

First up, Deadline is reporting that Curb Your Enthusiasm veteran J.B. Smoove (shown above) is joining Tom Holland for the MCU's followup to Spider-Man: Homecoming, recently revealed to be called Spider-Man: Far From Home

Smoove is the second new member of the cast to be announced, following Jake Gyllenhaal. While it is expected (but not confirmed) that Gyllenhaal will play the fishbowl-headed villain Mysterio, there are no clues yet as to what role Smoove will play in the film. Tom Holland is set to return as Peter Parker, and Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Zendaya (Michelle), and Michael Keaton (Adrian Toomes) are expected to return as well. 

(via Deadline)

Please Stand By - Dakota Fanning and Pete the dog

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Moving over to anime news, Deadline is also reporting that Dakota Fanning (Coraline) and Koichi Yamadera (Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell) will join Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther) in Rooster Teeth's new "3-D anime series" called gen:LOCK

The series will showcase Earth's "last free society," which is losing a global war. To help turn the tide, they recruit a young team of pilots to control giant robots called mecha. Jordan has already been announced as the voice of the lead character, Julian Chase. Fanning will give voice to Miranda Worth, an expert pilot who is also Chase's love interest. Yamadera will play a new recruit named Kazu Iida. 

The new series is set to premiere in January of 2019, exclusively on Rooster Teeth's streaming service. 

(via Deadline)