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Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Sony Pictures decided to toss out the costly combo of director Sam Raimi and actor Toby Maguire (not to mention Kirsten Dunst) and start over with the Spiderman franchise. They’ve chosen Marc Webb, who directed "(500) Days of Summer," and an actor well-known in Britain but less known in America: Andrew Garfield.
Andrew’s not completely unknown—you might have seen him in one-time Joker Heath Ledger’s final work, "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and a handful of other films. While The Improper.com calls it a “Colossal Mis-Casting”, The Hero Complex told us that Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures, said in a statement: "From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film 'The Social Network,' to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”
Of course there were others considered for the role, like:
Josh Hutcherson from "The Kids are All Right" (not a remake of the The Who’s 1979 concert film….) Zac Efron from the "High School Musical" franchise (Spiderman the musical? Maybe sooner than we think...)
Shia LeBeouf from the “Transformers" movies (“More than meets the eye” to be sure – he’s already Indiana Jones’ kid and looking for more adult roles)
Aaron Johnson from "Kick-Ass" (Can he be taken seriously as a superhero after that?)
Jamie Bell from "Billy Elliot" (Graceful enough to play a ballet dancer…)
Marc Webb told People.com that, "Though (Garfield's) name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."
So stay tuned for the new movie due in 2012 which will take Peter Parker back into high school where he’ll grapple with the sticky web of issues involved in being a teen and a super-human.