Remy Hii savours the fast take-off of ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’
‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ (Photo: Sony Pictures).
Remy Hii landed a supporting role in Sony/Marvel’s Spider-Man: Far From Home just two days after he sent a self-tape to the producers.
Now he is in Los Angeles, celebrating the sequel’s stellar debuts in the US, Australia and multiple other markets.
Directed by Jon Watts, the action adventure, which also features Angourie Rice, smashed the all-time opening day record in the US and racked up $150.4 million after its first few days in international markets.
Set in Europe after the events of Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame, the movie rang up $2.92 million in Australia on Monday, Sony Pictures’ biggest ever launch day. Through Thursday it had earned $8.9 million, according to Numero.
Starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Zendaya as MJ, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Jake Gyllenhaal as Quentin Beck/Mysterio, it scored $39.3 million in the US on Tuesday. That beat the previous Tuesday record holder, The Amazing Spider-Man, which posted $35 million in 2012.
Its Wednesday haul of $27 million was a record for that day for the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, beating Avengers: Endgame‘s first Wednesday of $25.2 million. The two-day total is $66.3 million.
Some pundits are predicting a six-day domestic total of $150 million and $500 million worldwide for the production reportedly budgeted at $165 million.
Hii plays student Brad Davis, Parker’s rival for the affections of MJ. He sent off his tape one Monday, was offered the role that Wednesday, negotiations were completed the following day and he flew to the set in London on the following Monday.
He relished working with Holland, Zendaya and Gyllenhaal, and the chance to improvise. “The director told us to follow our impulses,” he told IF today.
(L-R) Remy Hii, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon, Angourie Rice, Zoha Rahman and Zachary Lynn in ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’.
“There was a lot of improvisation as Tom’s character and mine constantly try to get one up on each other. Tom is on the precipice of being a superstar but he was so dedicated and into his work.
“Brad is on the basketball team, is very popular with the girls and gets to go on the trip to Europe.”
Remy spent nearly five months working on the production, including three months in London plus Prague, Venice and New York and re-shoots in LA. No doubt that will enhance the profile of the Harrow actor after he appeared in Crazy Rich Asians and Netflix’s Marco Polo.
Rice (Ladies in Black, TV’s Black Mirror, The Beguiled ) returns as Parker’s friend Betty Brant, the improbable girlfriend of Jacob Batalon’s Ned.
While Hii is keen to come home with several projects brewing, Sony has an option on his services for another Spider-Man and/or other Marvel adventures.
In addition, he will reprise his role in the second and third editions of Crazy Rich Asians, which are scheduled to shoot back-to-back after director Jon M. Chu wraps In the Heights, the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical.
Spider-Man: Homecoming fetched $10.1 million in its first four days and finished with $25.6 million in Australia, $334.2 million in the US and $881 million globally in 2017.