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Spider-Man 3?: Disney searching for actress for Filipina ‘lola’ role in upcoming film

/ 04:25 PM January 06, 2021
Jacob Batalon, Tom Holland

“Spider-Man” actors Jacob Batalon (left) and Tom Holland. Image: Screengrab via Instagram/@tomholland2013

Disney is looking for an actress to take on the role of a “lola,” or a Filipino grandmother, for an upcoming film currently undisclosed.

The American media giant is searching for Filipino or Filipino-American females 50 to 90 years old who are fluent in English for the role, as seen on the casting call currently up on Project Casting.

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“Katie Doyle Casting, Hawaii is assisting Sarah Finn Casting (“Avengers: Endgame,” “The Mandalorian,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) in looking for an actress to play a role in an upcoming Walt Disney Studios film,” the call’s description read.

“No professional acting experience is required, but the applicant must speak English fluently and be comfortable traveling on a plane to Atlanta. They also should be currently authorized to work in the United States (either a U.S. citizen, a green card holder, or an O-1 visa holder),” it added.

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Interested individuals should also be current Hawaii residents, according to the casting call. Casting directors are requiring applicants to record a short introduction video about themselves or their family, which may be delivered in Tagalog or in any Filipino language. They should, however, introduce themselves in English.

“We are committed to diverse, inclusive and authentic casting. We highly encourage performers who are Filipino or of Filipino descent to apply,” the call said.

The actress who will be picked will be shooting in mid-February in Atlanta, Georgia in the U.S.

While the project is only referred to as “Disney film,” Project Casting speculates on a Dec. 23 blog that the “lola” role is for the upcoming Marvel movie “Spider-Man 3,” which will also be shooting in Atlanta.

More specifically, the role is believed to be of the grandmother of Peter Parker’s friend Ned, who is played by Filipino-American actor Jacob Batalon. Ian Biong/JB

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