A few months back, reports emerged that Jake Gyllenhaal would be portraying iconic Spider-Man nemesis Mysterio in the upcoming Spidey sequel “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, and the 37-year-old actor took to Instagram on Wednesday to confirm the news.
While Gyllenhaal’s confirmation is hardly breaking news — he was photographed in costume as Mysterio while filming in the Czech Republic back in October — he apparently joined Instagram for the express purpose of letting fans know he will indeed by playing Mysterio, a character first introduced in 1964.
“I just realized I’m not playing Spider-Man,” he writes in the caption to the video, in which he’s seen reading a vintage “Spider-Man” comic featuring his character, uttering, “What the f…” before the video cuts off.
In the upcoming sequel to “Spider-Man: Homecoming”, Gyllenhaal plays Quentin Beck, described as a “failed actor-turned-special effects guru” who embraces his villainous role of Mysterio.
In addition to Gyllenhaal and star Tom Holland (reprising his role as Peter Parker/Spidey), the film will also feature “Avengers” regulars Samuel L. Jackson as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury, and Cobie Smulders as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill.
Look for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” to hit theatres on July 5, 2019.