Brit actor wins coveted spidey role
After a lengthy casting process, 19 year-old Impossible actor Tom Holland has been confirmed as the new Spider-Man / Peter Parker in the new Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios reboot.
Beating off competition from the the likes of Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff and Liam James, Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall and In the Heart of the Sea are said to have impressed the studios and producers.
In addition, to our costumed hero, Marvel, Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal have confirmed director Jon Watts will helm the movie after an extensive search for both the actor and the director.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said: “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. 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.”
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Kevin Feige added “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Producer Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
The as-yet untitled new Spider-Man movie is due to open in cinemas on July 28, 2017.