Ladies and gentlemen, your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
After Sony and Marvel announced they were teaming up to produce the latest Spider-Man reboot, news started leaking online about who would take over the web-slinging duties from Andrew Garfield. While Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) appeared to be the frontrunner, Marvel announced on Tuesday that Tom Holland will take over the Spidey mantle.
Holland, 19, is an English actor best known for playing Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts’ son in 2012’s The Impossible. But if you need convincing, just check out these Instagrams he posted the other day:
That looks like Spider-Man to us. Marvel can even save money on a stunt man.
Amy Pascal -- yes, that Amy Pascal -- explained, “[We] 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.”
Spidey is rumored to make his first MCU appearance in Captain America: Civil War before launching a new reboot of his own franchise, the first installment hitting theaters July 28, 2017.
The studios also announced Sundance director Jon Watts (Cop Car) will helm the next solo Spider-Man film. Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige said, “As with James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Joss Whedon (The Avengers), and the Russo brothers (Captain America), 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.”
Humble brag! Anyway, while we wait for 2017, keep your eyes on the Civil War set. Maybe we’ll get our first look at Peter Parker sooner than expected...
Meanwhile, in other Marvel movie news, Michael Peña tells ET why costar Paul Rudd makes a great Ant-Man: