The animated Spider-Man movie has found its Miles Morales

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Apr 13, 2017, 9:20 PM EDT

We're just months away from the premiere of Spider-Man: Homecoming, and star Tom Holland's first solo outing as Peter Parker, marking the third time that character has launched his own cinematic franchise. As excited as everyone is to see how that turns out, though, Peter's not the only Spider-game in town. There's another Spidey heading to the big screen: Miles Morales.

Many fans were upset that Miles -- introduced by Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli in 2011 as the new Ultimate Spider-Man -- didn't get to be the new live-action Spidey, after two Parker-centric film series. But we are getting at least a little bit of a consolation prize in the form of an animated feature film written by The LEGO Movie co-mastermind Phil Lord. That film has sort of taken a backseat in the superhero movie news world because of Homecoming's impending release, but it's still happening, and now it has a star.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Shameik Moore has been cast to voice Miles in the film, adding another major project to his short but rapidly expanding resume as an actor. The 21-year-old broke out in a big way as the star of the 2015 indie flick Dope, then generated even more buzz as part of Netflix's acclaimed music drama The Get Down, in which he co-stars as the great Shaolin Fantastic. Now, he's getting into superhero flicks, and though it's not a full-on live-action performance, Moore feels like he'll have the perfect energy for Miles.

There are still very few details available about the film, but THR has also discovered who will play the flick's villain: Liev Schreiber, star of the acclaimed Showtime drama Ray Donovan, who also already has supervillain experience, thanks to his role as Sabretooth in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. At this point it's not clear which villain Schreiber will be voicing, but ... come on, it's Kraven, right? How could you not cast him as Kraven?

The still-untitled Spider-Man animated flick is set to arrive next year. What do you think of the casting choice?

Shameik Moore