Issa Rae can now add superhero to her resume. The industry multi-hyphenate has lined up her next gig after wrapping the final season of her hit series Insecure by joining the animated sequel to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse as Jessica Drew, aka Spider-Woman.
Rae is just the latest casting announcement for the highly-anticipated sequel, along with Shameik Moore (as Miles Morales) and Hailee Steinfeld (Gwen Stacy). Joaquin Dos Santos, Kemp Powers, and Justin K. Thompson will be directing the feature with producers Christopher Miller and Phil Lord also credited as writers of the screenplay with David Callaham.
Spider-Woman has been a longstanding character in the Marvel Comics universe, both as a standalone hero as well as a dedicated member of the Avengers. She briefly had her own animated series in the late 1970s, becoming the first animated series to feature a female Marvel superhero as a lead character. The character is also rumored to be the main lead in Olivia Wilde’s upcoming female-fronted Sony superhero movie that is set in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man universe, much like Venom.
Rae is a comic book fan in real life, particularly of Spider-Man, so I feel like she will absolutely do the character justice.