Marvel Has Cast The New Spider-Man

Posted in The Screening Room by - June 23, 2015

Despite countless Asa Butterfield rumors, Marvel today has a press release stating the new director and actor combination for the next Spider-Man film. Tom Holland (The Impossible) has been cast, with Jon Watts (Cop Car) attached to direct. 

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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.

I have seen nothing by either of the chosen coupling (Jon Watts doesn’t have a Wikipedia page as of the time of this article), and I’m kind of surprised how Marvel and Sony went to basically complete unknowns for such big parts of their universe. 

Are you excited for such different casting and direction choices?

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