Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May in new 'Spider-Man' movie

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Now that Marvel and Sony have found their Peter Parker, the focus has turned to the aunt who raised him.

Sources tell Variety that Marisa Tomei is the choice to play Aunt May in the next installment of the "Spider-Man" franchise.

Sony and Marvel had no comment on the casting.

While insiders could not say where things stood in the deal-making process, they have added that an offer was made late last week for the Oscar-winning actress to join Tom Holland, who was recently tapped to play the web-slinging superhero.

Marvel and Sony recently hand-picked Holland to play Spider-Man after months of meetings and screen tests with eager young actors, in addition to selecting "Cop Car" helmer Jon Watts to direct the pic.

The studios are still in the process of finding a writer to join Watts in the screenwriting process but insiders explained that the top brass also wanted to lock down other actors who would appear in multiple films so schedules could be worked out before shooting commences next year.

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Marisa Tomei to play Aunt May in new 'Spider-Man' movie
Actress Marisa Tomei attends the annual Museum of Contemporary Art Gala in Los Angeles on Saturday, May 30, 2015. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP)
Marisa Tomei arrives at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
From left, actors Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei and John Lithgow attend a screening of "Love Is Strange" on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Marisa Tomei attends the premiere of "Loitering With Intent" at the SVA Theater on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, in New York. (Photo Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)
Cast member Marisa Tomei poses at the premiere of the film "Love is Strange" during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014 in Park City, Utah. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP)
From left, Marisa Tomei, Debbie Levin, and Julie Bowen arrive at the 23rd Annual Environmental Media Awards at Warner Bros. Studios on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 in Burbank, Calif. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)
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Actress Marisa Tomei arrives at the Hollywood Awards Gala in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Monday Oct. 27, 2008. (AP Photo/ Matt Sayles)
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From left, actors Ethan Hawke, Marisa Tomei and Philip Seymour Hoffman attend a Cinema Society and Sagatiba hosted special screening of THINK Film's "Before The Devil Knows You're Dead" at Regal Union Square, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007 in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
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Actress Marisa Tomei poses for photographers as she arrives for the 2001 AFI Awards in Beverly HIlls, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002. The awards, created by the American Film Institute, honor achievements in film and television. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)
Actress Marisa Tomei poses in front of an Oscar statue as she arrives for the annual luncheon for Oscar nominees Monday, March 11, 2002, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Tomei is nominated for best supporting actress for her work in the film "In The Bedroom." (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
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Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal will produce the pic, and though Holland is expected to first appear in "Captain America: Civil War" in a cameo appearance as Parker, it seems more likely that Tomei will not appear until the first "Spider-Man" film bows on July 28, 2017.

The job marks a new direction for Tomei, who generally sticks to dramas like "The Ides of March" and "The Wrestler," or romantic comedies like "Crazy Stupid Love" and "My Cousin Vinny" (which landed her an Oscar), rather than studio tentpoles.

She can be seen next in "Train Wreck" opposite Amy Schumer and is currently filming "The Big Short" with Christian Bale and Ryan Gosling. She is repped by CAA and Untitled Entertainment.

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