The newest star lined up to lead Sony's expanded Marvel movie has broken the ice about her upcoming action hero role for the first time.
Dakota Johnson is suiting up as Madame Web in the latest of Sony's ventures into the Marvel world, and the main star has spoken about the role for the first time over the weekend.
Catching up with Entertainment Tonight as she promotes her new Apple TV+ film 'Cha Cha Real Smooth' alongside her co-star (and creator/director) Cooper Raiff, Johnson's upcoming action hero flick became a major talking point.
The 32-year-old was officially announced as the lead in 'Madame Web' earlier this year, which is billed as a spin-off from the main Spider-Man franchise. The character first appeared in the web-slinger's comic books in the '80s, as an elderly clairvoyant who helps Spidey. However, there have been different iterations of the character, and the one Johnson will likely play will be a young woman named Julia Carpenter, who inherits the elderly woman's powers after her death.
Asked how the story is shaping up, Dakota Johnson had this to say about 'Madame Web': "I can tell you pretty much nothing that isn't already on the internet. I'm so excited. It's pretty cool to be in the Marvel world, especially with a character that's not so known. There's a lot of space to make her very cool. I'm really excited. It's always been a dream of mine to do some kind of massive action movie.
"I always wanted to be like a female 'Indiana Jones'. I really have always... I saw the new 'Top Gun', and it's so good! It's so good. There's something about those movies, that's just like, 'Wow, a real human being can do that?'"
'Euphoria' and 'The White Lotus' star Sydney Sweeney will join in on the action film, which also has Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige on board as a producer with S.J. Clarkson ('Anatomy of a Scandal') set to direct. The film is expected to begin filming this July, with a July 7, 2023 release date attached.
But 'Madame Web' wasn't the only topic Dakota Johnson spoke about in her interview, as that infamous Ellen moment from 2019 was one of the first talking points. The actor very wisely side-stepped the question about becoming a viral meme, but admitted that it's moments like these that are "f**king bizarre" to her.