Into the Spider-Verse Wasn’t Shameik Moore’s First Audition for Lord & Miller

Miles Morales, swinging.
Miles Morales, swinging.
Image: Sony Pictures

Shameik Moore killed it as Miles Morales, bringing one of Marvel’s best young characters to life. During his time on Into the Spider-Verse, he worked with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the creative duo who produced the film. But it wasn’t his first time.

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According to a new interview with the Hollywood Reporter, Moore tells the story of auditioning for Lord and Miller for Lando Calrissian in Solo, a part that ended up going to Donald Glover. He also remembers the duo not making a huge impression:

I don’t really care about who I’m auditioning for. I don’t know much about who the directors are beforehand. I go in there to execute my job, and if you want me, I’m here to execute. I don’t think I knew that these were the same dudes that were interested in me for Spider-Man when I went in for Star Wars. I do remember meeting them, and going in there and doing it, but I also remember feeling like I wasn’t going to have that part.

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Moore, apparently, left an impression on them, however, because when they were helping to cast Spider-Verse (after being, y’know, fired from Solo), Moore’s name came up again, influenced by his excellent turn in 2015’s Dope. And thus a space hero becomes a spider hero.

It’s funny, also, that Moore auditioned for a role that eventually went to Donald Glover, considering how closely tied Glover is to Miles Morales himself. Some people just have a spider destiny, I guess.

io9 Weekend Editor. Videogame writer at other places. Queer nerd girl.

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matakeeset

Anyone know when Spider-Verse becomes available? I saw it in a really shitty theatre for like five bucks (you could constantly see the seams where they’d stitched together three different screens), and really want to see it on the 4K screen my dad treated himself to.