Before Holland was chosen to take on the mantel, Andrew Garfield played the web-slinging do-gooder as recently as 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Garfield, who has has been absent on red carpets for the past year, addressed Holland's casting for the first time.
"It feels lovely, especially because Tom Holland is a really, really great actor," Garfield told ET's Cameron Mathison at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Annual Grants Banquet in Beverly Hills on Thursday. "He was in this movie The Impossible and he was just this incredibly powerful, sensitive, just wonderful young actor."
"And [he's] a dancer, so his body’s the right [form]," Garfield added.
As for the 31-year-old actor himself, he says he can't wait to see Holland's performance, and is happy to not have the pressure of playing the beloved character.
"I’m just really excited to just be a fan again as opposed to bearing the weight of it," Garfield admitted.
Garfield, sporting a mustache and a man bun, also discussed his return to the red carpet for the first time in a year and a half, calling it "strange."
"It's interesting," Garfield said, laughing nervously. "It’s nice bumping into friends, that’s really nice."