Early this afternoon, Marvel announced who will be the next Spider-man and it goes to British actor Tom Holland.
Rumors have been circulation for months about who will be playing Peter Parker with Ender’s Game’s Asa Butterfield leading the pack. But it’s Holland that was able to win the role.
“For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start,” Sony Pictures Chairman, Tom Rothman, said about Holland’s screen test.
Sony and Marvel signed a deal that gave Marvel rights to the character ‘Spider-man’ earlier this year, so it was no surprise that they didn’t waste any time adding the character to the Marvel Universe.
The new Spider-man is expected to make his first appearance in the upcoming Captain America Civil War movie, which is set to come out May 2016, but there is no confirmation on that. As it stands, Holland will star in the new third reboot of the series that will focus on Peter Parker’s four years in high school rather than just his senior year.
Marvel did talk about the new reboot stating that the series will begin shooting soon with the first movie expected to be in IMAX and 3D and released on July 28th, 2017. Jon Watts (Cop Car) has been signed on to direct the film.
Holland is best known for his work in Locke and The Impossible (which Sony and Marvel said is the movie that caught their attention for this actor). He is set to start in the TV mini-series Wolf Hall and the In the Heart of the Sea later this year.
This is going to be the third actor to play the friendly-neighborhood Spider-man behind already fan favorites Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. The franchise has already made over $4 billion worldwide and both Sony and Marvel are hoping that Spider-man can add to that total.
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