Sony Kraven the hunter The film would eye Jodie Turner-Smith for the role of Calypso, Kraven’s partner and Marvel Comics lover. Turner-Smith had a great breakout run in Hollywood after starring in romantic crime story Queen & Slim alongside Black Panther actor Daniel Kaluuya; she also had a starring role in Amazon’s Michael B. Jordan action vehicle, Tom Clancy’s Without remorse. She also starred in the recent biopic re-imagining, Anne Boleyn. In short, Jodie Turner-Smith is just the right caliber of rising star that Sony can tap into for its Spider Man Franchise of the universe.
Jodie Turner-Smith’s supposed casting report as Calypso comes through Illuminate – the same outlet that also claims Chameleon will be the villain of the film. Kraven the hunter has already announced that Avengers: Age of Ultron star Aaron Taylor-Johnson to play the titular Kraven, an expert hunter who in the comics forms an obsession with hunting and capturing Spider-Man.
In the comics, Calypso Ezili is a voodoo priestess powerful enough to master mind control and resurrection, which helps mystically endow Kraven with enhanced abilities and a longer lifespan. Kraven falls in love with Calypso, although the voodoo witch has often used seduction and magic to push Karven into fits of rage and obsession with hunting down Spider-Man. One of Calypso’s most famous arcs was in Todd MacFarlane’s Spider Man series from the 1990s, in which Calypso is the main villain and uses his magic to control Curt Connors / The Lizard and send him into a wave of murder.
Calypso is both a central part of Karven’s origin and a potential crossover character with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, Tom Hardy’s Venom, Jared Leto’s Morbius – or any of the other characters in the Spider-Universe. Sony man getting a live-action franchise (like Olivia Wilde’s Spider woman movie).
Jodie Turner-Smith would also be a good choice for Sony, given that Calypso is arguably one of the Marvel Comics characters who has fallen on the wrong side of the line, in terms of modern cultural sensibilities. The archetype of the “voodoo priestess” that comic book makers went with in the ’80s pretty much matches every other portrayal of Caribbean culture and voodoo practice from that era: the best shed and forgotten, and replaced with something new and better. Jodie Turner-Smith is a British actress born to Jamaican parents – she is literally all it takes to redefine the character of Calypso and her role in Kraven’s story.
Kraven the hunter is slated to debut on January 13, 2023.