Tom Holland has given us our fist look at Cherry, the film he made with Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and it seems like a very far cry from the familiar confines of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The film is based on a semi-autobiographical novel by Nico Walker, and given the plot synposis of the book, Holland will be playing a character very different from your friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man:
It’s 2003, and as a college freshman in Cleveland, our narrator is adrift until he meets Emily. The two of them experience an instant, life-changing connection. But when he almost loses her, he chooses to make an indelible statement: he joins the Army. The outcome will not be good for either of them.
As a medic in Iraq, he is unprepared for the realties that await him. He and his fellow soldiers huff computer duster, abuse painkillers, and watch porn. Many of them die. When he comes home, his PTSD is profound. As the opioid crisis sweeps through the Midwest, it drags both him and Emily along with it. As their addictions worsen, and with their money drying up, he stumbles onto what seems like the only possible solution—robbing banks.
Tom Holland famously shaved his head for the role, and overnight, he shared an image from the film to Instagram. This is a very different look for him, but I’m feeling it:
Cherry is currently filming, and IMDb lists a release date of 2020. After this, Holland will appear as Nathan Drake in the Uncharted movie, and is down for at least one more appearance as Spider-Man in the MCU.