For a fair while now, people have strongly suspected that Jake Gyllenhaal would be playing villain Mysterio in the upcoming Spider-Man: Far from Home film. But now at last, it seems we have confirmation, straight from the horse's mouth. Or the evil magician's mouth, whichever.
In the 37-year-old actor's first Instagram post, he jokingly confirmed what we all pretty much knew already. In the video he can be seen reading a classic Spider-Man comic with a cover that reads, 'The Return of the Man Called Mysterio'. The post is accompanied by the caption: "I just realised I'm not playing Spider-Man."
The role will be the actor's first major part in a superhero blockbuster film.
In October, the Brokeback Mountain star highlighted the 'intimacy' of the new Spider-Man film.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, he said: "I would say, with John Watts who directed the movie, what makes this instalment of that franchise so great is that there is an intimacy to it.
"And there is a sense of the scenes, with the casting in particular and also the storytelling, that you feel that you're actually in a movie with human beings in it. That's what it feels like when you're working."
In May, it was reported that Gyllenhaal was in talks to play the role of Spider-Man's adversary in the Far from Home film.
In October, it seemed clear these talks went well, after people shared footage on social media of what appeared to be the actor shooting scenes in Czech Republic in Mysterio's trademark attire.
Spider-Man creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Mysterio in the comics in 1964. A special effects expert, the character (also known as Quentin Beck) used his talents to create elaborate illusions to commit crimes and to fight Spider-Man.
Jon Watts is returning to direct the sequel to Homecoming, which earned $880 million (£656,216,000) worldwide. Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers, two of the screenwriters behind the first movie, are back as well.
Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel is due to be released on 5 July 2019.
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