Sony and Marvel have finally found their Spider-Man.
The studio announced this morning on their website that Tom Holland will be taking over the role of Peter Parker & Spider-Man. The 19-year-old is best known for his work in The Impossible & How I Live Now. Holland is expected to make his debut in Captain America: Civil War and will then headline his own Spider-Man film which will swing into theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car.”
According to the press release, Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “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.”
Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
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.”
We are excited to see Tom take on the role, especially after seeing some of his flips on his Instagram! What do you think of the new Spider-Man?