Kraven the Hunter Adds West Side Story's Ariana DeBose as Calypso

In August 2020, there was finally some movement on the Kraven the Hunter movie that has been in the works for many years. Director J.C. Chandor was brought on to direct the film after many different rumored directors, and in May of 2021, Aaron Taylor-Johnson was confirmed to be cast as Kraven himself. Since then, we haven't heard anything about this project though the outline of Kraven can be seen during the multiverse scene in the third act of Spider-Man: No Way Home. With an early 2023 release date, the supporting cast is starting to fill out.

We recently learned that Russell Crowe had joined the cast, and Fred Hechinger also joined the cast as Chameleon. We also got a new piece of casting from Deadline that says Ariana DeBose, the best part of the new West Side Story, has joined the cast of Kraven the Hunter as Calypso. Calypso is a "voodoo princess," which will be interesting to see how they approach that. She is a villain of Spider-Man and an occasional partner and lover of Kraven. She first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #209 in October of 1980, and she was created by writer Denny O'Neil and artist Alan Weiss. 

Kraven the Hunter Adds West Side Story's Ariana DeBose as Calypso
Ariana Debose arrives to the "L Word: Generation Q" Premiere on December 2, 2019, in Los Angeles, CA. Editorial credit: Ga Fullner /

Kraven the Hunter is a movie that Sony has wanted to make for many, many years, and they just weren't able to get it off of the ground. It was one of the movies listed as in development when Sony made their big Spider-Man universe announcement in 2018, but we hadn't heard much since. The last rumors before Chandor was confirmed actually said that Antoine Fuqua was going to be the one to bring it to life, but that was always a rumor, which is why it's important to say when the ink isn't dry on these types of things. It seems that they will be keeping the script written by Richard Wenk with additional credits going to Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing, and the movie currently has a release date of January 13, 2023. it's still not confirmed that this will be an adaptation of Kraven's Last Hunt, which is what Sony has been trying to make for years, but this is being billed as a stand-alone movie.

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Kaitlyn is the Editor-in-Chief at Bleeding Cool. She loves movies, television, and comics. She's a member of the UFCA and the GALECA. Feminist. Writer. Nerd. Follow her on Twitter @katiesmovies and @safaiagem on Instagram.
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