After a seemingly endless search where everyone from Dylan to Asa Butterfield was rumored to be the frontrunner for the role, Tom Holland has landed the highly coveted job of Spider-Man for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Holland is an absolutely fantastic choice for the role and I’m anxious to see his first spin as Peter Parker in ‘Captain America: Civil War.’ Here’s some interesting tidbits about Marvel’s newest webslinger:
Continuing a trend with the character, Holland is the second consecutive actor from England to take over the role of Peter Parker as he replaces fellow Brit Andrew Garfield.
At 19, Holland is the youngest actor to play Spider-Man.
Holland earned eight film awards, including the National Board of Review and London Critics Circle Film Awards, for his breakout role in ‘The Impossible.’
He’s already done some voice acting: Holland was cast in 2011 as Sho in the British version of the animation film ‘Arrietty,’ something he’ll no doubt be called upon to do for numerous Spider-Man video game projects.
He’s a stage star having appeared in ‘Billy Elliot the Musical.‘
This isn’t his first time replacing a fellow Marvel actor. Holland got the Billy Elliot role in part to his resemblance to the film version Jamie Bell, who will be playing another Marvel character – The Thing in ‘Fantastic Four.’
Here’s Marvel’s official announcement:
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.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “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.”
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.”
Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.