It looks like Marvel and Sony are serious about making upcoming sequel "Spider-Man: Far From Home" funnier than 2017's "Homecoming": Comedian J.B. Smoove has joined the film's cast.

Deadline was first to report the news, revealing that Smoove will be playing "a lead in the ensemble." Unfortunately for fans, that's about as specific a description as they're going to get for now, since in true top-secret MCU fashion, details about the character are being kept under lock and key. (Sony declined to comment on the trade's scoop.)

Smoove, known to television audiences for his role as Leon long-running HBO mockumentary series "Curb Your Enthusiasm," certainly ups the comedy cred on "Far From Home." According to Deadline, he'll film his part in the sequel before returning to shoot more "Curb."

In addition to Smoove, Jake Gyllenhaal also recently joined the "Far From Home" cast. He'll be playing the villain Mysterio.

Marvel is being typically cagey about the plot of the follow-up flick, but we do know that it will take place at least partially overseas, in international locales including London.  Filming is expected to start there later this year.

Tom Holland will reprise his titular role, and Michael Keaton, Zendaya, and Marisa Tomei are all expected to return as well. "Spider-Man: Far From Home" is due to web-sling its way into theaters on July 5, 2019.

[via: Deadline]