Isabela Merced's CV is already loaded, but the star of underrated gem Dora the Explorer and The Lost City of Gold is just getting started. In an interview with the hollywood reporterthe young actress, who will soon enter Sony's live-action Marvel universe in the role of Anya Corazon (whose spider-sona is Araña) in Madame Web— discussed two other major projects she has in the works: James Gunn's Superman: Legacy And The last of us season two.
Merced shared with THR that while actual filming has yet to begin on Gunn's pic at DC Studios, she has done some test shooting as Hawkgirl with the filmmaker. “I was directed by [Gunn] during the [screen] test for [Superman: Legacy], because I auditioned for it. I have to do [the screen test] with my other castmates, and it was really cool. It was very professional; it was almost like a legit filming day,” Merced explained. “So I’ve already learned a lot about his process, and this man…has the best of the best working for him.”
Before she takes off, she'll have to deal with the clickers on HBO. The last of us season two. Merced was recently cast as Dina, a teenage member of the meeting between Ellie (Bella Ramsey) and Joel (Pedro Pascal) led by her brother Tommy (Gabriel Luna). As soon as she found out that co-creators Craig Mazin and Neil Druckmann wanted to meet her for the role, she got to work playing The Last of Us Part II, in which her character Dina features prominently. “I had already watched the show, so I went to my friend's house and played [The Last of Us Part II] all in one weekend on PS5. It was incredible. This allowed for 25 hours of gameplay,” shares Merced. “It was wild, but so much fun. So I really liked the second game, but I haven’t played the first one yet.” Now that she has the role in the bag, she has plenty of time to catch up.
Madame Web hits theaters on February 14.
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