Well, the wait is finally over. Marvel and Sony have found their new Spider-Man.
Actor Tom Holland (The Impossible, Wolf Hall, In the Heart of the Sea) has been cast as the next Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Holland is expected to appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ with his own standalone film in 2017. Additionally, the studios have revealed that Jon Watts (Cop Car) is set to direct the film.
According to Marvel, “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.”
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.”
‘Captain America: Civil War’ hits theaters on May 6, 2016. The solo Spider-Man opens in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.