Brevard woman has role in 'Spider-Man 2'

Rachael McOwen plays air traffic controller

The "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens in theaters Friday, and Rachael McOwen, a former Brevard resident, has a role in the movie as an air traffic controller and airport dispatcher.

McOwen, who lives in New York City, has performed in regional theater, off-Broadway productions, independent films and web series pilots.  Local 6 News partner Florida Today reports that she's also interviewed comic-book legend and Spider-Man creator Stan Lee.

In August, she will being filming in Canada for a "Alice in Wonderland"-based film, where she has the lead role of Alice.

"It is my first Hollywood film,'' she said, adding she performed in five scenes in the anticipated comic-book thriller.

She attributes getting the role to something she learned right here in Brevard from a dance group she was part of, Tyber River Dancers. She learned to make eye contact with the director and what she called "always being present."

Seven years ago, Rachael worked at the Merritt Island Airport as a dispatcher, so when the director had McOwen improvise, she called upon what she knew.

She used her dad's call sign while filming one of the scenes and it made it in the film. Rachael's dad, who lives in Brevard, is a pilot.

McOwen‘s Mom Kim Welborn said, "It was huge. We are so excited for her.  She got cast for the movie a little over year ago and last night was the premiere in NYC."