It’s not every day you’re asked to star in one of the most groundbreaking movies in history. It’s even rarer to be asked to star as a character who is an icon for African-Americans and Hispanics worldwide. But for actor/musician Shameik Moore who spent years planning for this moment, this was a role he was destined to play.
Known for his roles in Dope and Netflix’s The Get Down, Moore plays the titular role of Miles Morales, who first appeared in 2011’s Ultimate Fallout #4, a mixed-race Afro-Latino student living in Brooklyn who takes up the Spider-Man mantle following the death of Peter Parker.
In the SONY Pictures Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Morales must juggle his high school life with his status as a superhero, as he is introduced to the “Spider-Verse” where there can be more than just one Spider-Man. Featuring an all-star cast, Moore was able to outshine and beat out numerous actors for the life-changing role.
The Koalition spoke to Moore about playing Morales, how he manifested the role years ago, his music career and his plans for the future.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse will release in theaters on December 14th.