The results are in, and instead of the heavily rumoured Asa Butterfield landing the part, it was announced that The Impossible star Tom Holland will be playing the web slinger in the upcoming reboot. Set to hit theatres July 28 2017, the powers that be have also settled on Jon Watts of Cop Car fame to direct.
The selection process was long and meticulous, but Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, along with producers Kevin Fiege and Amy Pascal – who was there to oversee the series’ initial launch in 2002 – came to a interesting conclusion. The team sat through an extensive variety of screenings and face-to-face meetings with their actor and director candidates. The team was reportedly very impressed with Holland’s performance in The Impossible, ‘Wolf Hall’, and the soon-to-be-released In the Heart of the Sea.
“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job,” says Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman. “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.”
The studios pride themselves on giving fresh voices in the entertainment industry a chance to prove themselves on a billion dollar franchise, with Kevin Fiege noting how well James Gunn did with Guardians of the Galaxy.
“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 explained. “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Amy Pascal chimed in, saying “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.”
Its looking like it’s going to be a huge release, backed by an impressive team of some unfamiliar yet intriguing faces. Sony Pictures is to finance and release the $4 billion franchise reboot worldwide, with the wall-crawler set to be unveiled a year prior in Captain America: Civil War as a way of officially introducing the character to the Marvel Cinematic Universe – And it’s about time.