Tom Holland has been chosen to swing his way into theaters as the next Spider-Man.
A while ago we reported that Asa Butterfield had been confirmed as the next Spider-Man. Sources were incredibly firm on this casting, but the situation soured and Butterfield was totally removed from the short list (in short: Marvel and Sony couldn’t agree on the casting of Butterfield).
News is now breaking from Marvel that Tom Holland, best known for roles in The Impossible and Wolf Hall, has been selected as the next Spider-Man. The announcement also included a director for the next Spider-Man film, Jon Watts.
Here is the official comment from Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman Tom Rothman:
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.
Marvel Producer Amy Pascal said this of Holland:
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.
Kevin Feige, head of all things Marvel, had this to say of Watts:
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.
The biggest question in this casting is: will this work? What do you think of this casting choice? Let us know in the comments below, and on Twitter and Facebook!
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