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9th November 2016 - Tom Holland Reveals He Has A 6 Film Contract
It’s no secret that when an actor takes on a major role with the likes of Marvel Studios that they sign an extensive contract for the foreseeable future. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Spider-Man himself Tom Holland was asked about his deal for playing the wall crawler and replied:
“They give you options, and those could be exercised whenever. Like a cameo in Avengers. I’m unclear as to which movies, though. I do know I have three Spider-Man movies and three solo movies contracted. But if you have another movie, Marvel is so good at working around it. They’re very respectful of your life, really. They understand that you have to work on other movies, and they try and fix it up so you can work around each other.”
It’s unclear what Holland means by “three solo movies.” It could entail appearances in movies starring other Marvel heroes or it could mean appearances in group films like Avengers: Infinity War. We’ve reached out to Sony Pictures for clarification on the matter and will update.
1st September 2016 - Jon Favreau Joins Cast
With Robert Downey Jr. already set to reprise his role of Tony Stark, Sony and Marvel are looking to add a familiar face from his “Iron Man” universe into their new “Spider-Man” realm.
Jon Favreau will reprise his role of Happy, Stark’s personal driver in the “Iron Man” movies, in “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” sources tell Variety.
Marvel and Sony had no comment on the news.
23rd August 2016 - Leaked Call Sheet Reveals Several Characters
23rd August 2016 - Jona Xiao Joins Cast
Jona Xiao has joined the cast of Sony-Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” opposite Tom Holland, Marisa Tomei and Michael Keaton, Variety has learned exclusively.
Plot details are still guarded as is Xiao’s character.
19th August 2016 - Zendaya Revealed to be Playing Mary Jane Watson
Spoiler alert: Don’t read on if you don’t want to know details about Zendaya’s role in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Zendaya will be playing long-time Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson in next summer’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” two individuals with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.
Diehard Spidey fans have long speculated about whom the 19-year-old Disney Channel star would portray in Sony’s high-profile reboot of the superhero franchise, starring British actor Tom Holland as a teenage Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man.
Sony declined to comment. Representatives for Marvel and Zendaya did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
10th August 2016 - Michael Chernus Cast as The Tinkerer
EXCLUSIVE: Michael Chernus has joined Sony Pictures and Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming as one of the villains in the reboot of the franchise. Chernus will play Phineas Mason the Tinkerer in the film which is being directed by Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland in the lead role. Chernus, whose credits include Captain Phillips, Aloha, Bourne Legacy and Orange is the New Black, will play opposite villain Michael Keaton.
30th July - Martha Kelly Joins Cast
Actress/stand-up comedian Martha Kelly has joined the cast of Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Her role and the storyline are being kept under wraps. Kelly, who currently appears on FX’s Baskets, is repped by APA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners.
25th July 2016 - Jon Watts Reveals Several Character Names + Concept Art
Zendaya - Michelle
Jacob Batalon - Ned
Laura Harrier - Liz
Tony Revolori - Flash (already confirmed)
According to the filmmaker, Zendaya plays Michelle, Revolori plays Flash, Harrier plays Liz, and Batalon plays Ned. “We constantly refer to ourselves as The Breakfast Club,” Harrier says of their relationship.
“I’m [Peter Parker’s] bully and I don’t know how cool he is, but when we call cut, I’m just like, ‘Ah! You’re so cool,’” Revolori recalls of working with Tom Holland, who plays the title character.
24th July 2016 - Vulture Confirmed + Tony Revolori Confirmed as Flash Thompson
Vulture Confirmed (also featured in the Concept Art)
SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING FOOTAGE WAS THE BESST. SUPER FUNNY ENDED WITH THE VULTURE! #MarvelSDCC
— Ryan Penagos (@AgentM) July 24, 2016
Tony Revolori, who has recently appeared in The 5th Wave and Dope, and starred in The Grand Budapest Hotel as the lovable Zero, was already confirmed as appearing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, but his role was unknown. At the Marvel Studios panel at SDCC, however, Revolori's character was confirmed in the footage shown.
The footage was an entire scene, set at Midtown High, where Peter Parker, played by Tom Holland, attends school. Other previously confirmed castmates Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, and Zendaya also appeared in the trailer. In the scene, we saw a typical day of high school for Peter, as he went from class to class, ate lunch in the cafeteria, and dealt with the problems of being a high schooler who is also a superhero.
In his science class, Peter is goofing off, watching a video on youtube of Spider-Man teaming up with Iron Man and War Machine to take down Giant Man at the airport in Germany, as seen in Captain America: Civil War. The teacher calls first on Flash Thompson to answer a question - and that's when Revolori speaks up. Yes, he's Flash, a traditionally (in the comics) white character whose only real defining characteristic is that he's a jerk/bully to Peter, yet ironically idolizes Spider-Man.
7th July 2016 - Angourie Rice Joins Cast
Angourie Rice, who recently had a breakout performance in buddy cop movie The Nice Guys opposite Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe, has been cast in Marvel and Sony's Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Australian actress joins Tom Holland, who is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high-school roots. (Holland made his first big-screen appearance as the web-slinger in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.)
Character details for Rice are being kept under wraps, as has been the case with many of the roles in the film, which is currently shooting in Atlanta. Marvel and Sony had no comment on Rice's casting.
The Hollywood Reporter
1st July 2016 - Garcelle Beauvais, Tiffany Espensen & Tyne Daly Join Cast
With the main players in place, Spider-Man: Homecoming continues to beef up its cast and has added actresses Tiffany Espensen and Garcelle Beauvais in as-yet unspecified roles.
The Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures coproduction stars Tom Holland as the Wallcrawler following his debut in the role earlier this year in Captain America: Civil War, along with Michael Keaton, Marissa Tomei, Zendaya and Robert Downey Jr. Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige are executive producing. Jon Watts is directing.
EXCLUSIVE: Tyne Daly has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Jon Watts-directed pic for Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. The star of stage and Cagney & Lacey and Judging Amy (she won six Emmys between them) joins Tom Holland in his first solo pic as the webslinger, with Robert Downey Jr playing Iron Man and Michael Keaton playing The Vulture, and an ensemble cast that includes Abraham Attah, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori, Marisa Tomei, Donald Glover, Martin Starr and Logan Marshall-Green.
They are keeping Daly’s role mum. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing. Daly most recently co-starred with Sally Field in the Michael Showalter-directed My Name Is Doris and she’s got the upcoming HBO pic Looking in July, and co-stars with Brie Larson and Donald Sutherland in Basmati Blues. Daly is repped by Innovative Artists and Doug Wald at Anonymous Content
24th June 2016 - Bokeem Woodbine Joins Cast
Bring on the bad guy.
Bokeem Woodbine has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming — the Sony and Marvel Studio's reboot of the movie franchise featuring the web-swinging superhero.
The feature began shooting this week in Atlanta.
Character details are scarce, but sources say Woodbine joins Michael Keaton and Logan Marshall-Green as a villain.
The Hollywood Reporter
23rd June - Michael Mando Joins Cast
Better Call Saul actor Michael Mando has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Sony and Marvel Studio’s reboot of the movie franchise featuring the web-swinging superhero.
The feature began shooting in Atlanta this week.
Jon Watts is behind the camera for the movie that stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high-school roots.
As usual in the case of Spider-Man castings, character details were almost non-existent.
The Hollywood Reporter
22nd June 2016 - Abraham Attah Joins Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Abraham Attah, the 15-year old Ghana-born actor who was discovered while playing soccer and made a remarkable screen debut alongside Idris Elba as the primary child soldier Abu in Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts Of No Nation, has joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Jon Watts-directed pic from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios is the first major role that Attah has taken since that Netflix film, and he joins recent additions Donald Glover, Martin Starr and Logan Marshall-Green, alongside the webslinger played by Tom Holland, with Robert Downey Jr playing Iron Man and Michael Keaton playing The Vulture. Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori and Marisa Tomei are also starring. Attah is on the set in Atlanta. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing.
21st June 2016 - Hannibal Buress + Trio of Young Actors Join Cast; First BTS Photos Revealed
Hannibal Buress is joining the cast of Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Tom Holland will play Peter Parker in the reboot with Marisa Tomei taking on Aunt May. Michael Keaton is also on board for the role of a villain. Other actors who have joined the cast over the last several weeks include Logan Marshall-Green, Donald Glover, Zendaya and Tony Revolori.
Sony and Marvel had no comment.
Spider-Man’s web has ensnared the talents of relative newcomers Isabella Amara, Jorge Lendeborg Jr. and J.J. Totah.
The trio have joined the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony and Marvel Studios’s reboot of the franchise that is heading towards a shooting start later in June in Atlanta.
Character details were not disclosed.
Jon Watts is directing the movie that stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high-school roots.
The Hollywood Reporter
18th June 2016 - Martin Starr Joins Cast; Logan Marshall-Green in Talks
Logan Marshall-Green is in talks to join Michael Keaton in Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony’s reboot of its franchise on which it has partnered with Marvel Studios.
Keaton is playing the main bad guy in the movie and Marshall-Green would swing in as an evildoer alongside him.
Homecoming has been on a casting tear as it heads towards a shoot later this month. Donald Glover joined the call sheet earlier this week, boarding a roll call that includes Marisa Tomei as Aunt May and Zendaya as the female lead.
Tom Holland is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high-school roots.
The Hollywood Reporter
EXCLUSIVE: Silicon Valley star Martin Starr is joining the burgeoning cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Jon Watts-directed pic from Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios. The film is casting up quickly, with Donald Glover and Logan Marshall-Green the most recent additions joining Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr, Michael Keaton, Zendaya, Michael Barbieri, Kenneth Choi, Tony Revolori and Marisa Tomei. Holland’s the young webslinger, and Keaton plays The Vulture. Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal are producing.
14th June 2016 - Donald Glover Joins Cast
Donald Glover is in talks to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Homecoming is Sony’s reboot of its Spider-Man franchise, which it has partnered with Marvel to produce, and the movie is due to begin production later in June.
Tom Holland is starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a story that takes the character back to his high-school roots.
Details of Glover's character are being kept secret.
Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige are producing the project that has Jon Watts in the director’s chair.
The Hollywood Reporter
10th June 2016 - Kenneth Choi Joins Cast
EXCLUSIVE: Kenneth Choi who portrayed Judge Lance Ito in the popular FX series The People vs. O.J. Simpson has just been cast in Marvel/Sony’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. That puts Choi in some rarified air playing two separate characters in the Marvel universe. He was also in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011. Sources said he will be playing the school principal in Spider-Man.
20th May 2016 - Michael Keaton in Final Negotiations Again to Join Cast
Batman may be facing off against Spider-Man after all.
Back in April, Michael Keaton was in early talks to play the unnamed villain in Sony and Marvel’s upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, but those talks petered out, and it looked like Keaton wouldn’t be joining the Marvel family after all. Now, EW has confirmed that Keaton is back on board, and he’s in final negotiations to join the project.
Plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, and there’s no word about which of Spider-Man’s nemeses Keaton may play, but if he joins Homecoming, he’ll star alongside Tom Holland, who made his debut as Spider-Man in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.
21st April - Robert Downey Jr. Joins Cast, Michael Keaton Drops Out
Robert Downey Jr., who plays the red-and-gold-armored Marvel character, has closed a deal to join the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Marvel and Sony’s reboot of the web-crawling superhero, sources tell THR.
Tom Holland will star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and is making his debut as the character in Civil War (and already garnering praise for his take on the role).
The movie establishes a key relationship between Tony Stark/Iron Man and Parker, and Homecoming will continue that thread.
as Michael Keaton, who was being courted to play the villain in the pic, has fallen out of early talks and won’t be a part of the project. That had been a juicy idea as it would have put the onetime Batman star in a Spidey movie, but we’re told this is not happening and the search continues to fill the role.
16th April 2016 - Laura Harrier and Tony Revolori join cast
EXCLUSIVE: Lobby Boy has checked into the Spider-Man ensemble. Up-and-coming young actor Tony Revolori, who played Ralph Fiennes’ sidekick in the Wes Anderson-directed Grand Budapest Hotel, is joining Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The Sony Pictures film is winding toward a production start for a July 7, 2017, release with Jon Watts directing and Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal producing.
Revolori’s will play Peter Parker’s nemesis/enemy at high school but isn’t a villain. Rumors cropped up this week that Michael Keaton is considering joining the film in the bad-guy role, but that seems early days. Deadline revealed that Zendaya also is playing one of Parker’s school chums, and Marisa Tomei is playing Aunt May.
“One Life to Live” star Laura Harrier has landed a significant role in Sony and Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” TheWrap has exclusively learned.
Jon Watts (“Cop Car”) is directing the new “Spider-Man,” which will star Tom Holland as the webslinger and Marisa Tomei as his Aunt May. Zendaya will co-star as a mysterious character named Michelle, while Michael Keaton is in talks to play a villain.
The new “Spider-Man” movie was written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein and will focus on Peter Parker’s high school days. The writers are believed to have infused the superhero film with the spirit of John Hughes‘ classic high school movies.
Representatives for Sony and Marvel declined to comment.
13th April - Michael Keaton Eyed to Play Villain
Michael Keaton could be returning to the superhero universe — but this time, as a villain.
Sources tell Variety that Keaton is in early talks to play a villain in the Marvel and Sony co-production “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” starring Tom Holland as the latest Spidey.
Marvel and Sony had no comment on the casting.
Marisa Tomei is currently set to play Aunt May, and Zendaya is also on board in a mystery role. The villain Keaton is being eyed to play is also being kept under wraps.
13th April 2016 - Sony Announces Title + Logo Revealed
The Webhead’s first solo adventure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe now officially has its title, as Marvel’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” prepares to swing into theaters July 7, 2017!
Sony made the announcement tonight at CinemaCon, giving a title to Spidey’s upcoming saga directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Marisa Tomei as Aunt May.
Before that, though, catch Spider-Man’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” in theaters May 6, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on your Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler!
7th March 2016 - Zendaya Joins Cast
Zendaya will join Tom Holland in Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot.
Holland is starring as Peter Parker in Sony's new take on the webslinger. Zendaya's role is currently being kept under wraps, but sources say it is not a lead role. Marisa Tomei is attached to play Aunt May.
20th January 2016 - Release Date Moved Up
The live-action “Spider-Man” will now hit theaters on July 7, 2017
“Spider-Man” has been moved up from its July 28, 2017 release date to July 7, 2017, Sony announced Thursday.
2nd November - Tom Holland Reveals Ultimate Peter Parker Hairstyle
Hair cut or the Johnny Depp look?
A photo posted by ✌️ (@tomholland2013) on
Oct 31, 2015 at 1:09pm PDT
Here's a picture of his comic hair for comparison:
7th October 2015 - Did The Director Just Hint At Miles Morales Inclusion?
The director of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot has hinted to Yahoo Movies that Miles Morales – the mixed-race character who replaced Peter Parker as the webslinger in the comic books – may still be in the new movie.
“I can’t talk about that, because, you know, that will reveal too much,” he tells us. “We’re still writing the story…we haven’t finished all the way through the story yet, so who knows.”
No denial that Morales wasn’t part of the cast? Saying talking about it will “reveal too much”? Sounds like a yes (kind of) to us.
4th August 2015 - Rumor - To Adapt Kraven's Last Hunt
With Vacation writers John Francis Daly and Johnathan Goldstein officially hired to write the next Spider-Man standalone film for Marvel and Sony, development on the project is currently underway.
So who might the bad guy be in the film?
Well, my sources within Sony alerted me to something VERY interesting. Last week, Karen Moy, the Vice President of Creative Affairs over at Sony (Ms. Moy has run the story department at Sony for almost twenty years) purchased a copy of Kraven's Last Hunt trade paperback on Amazon.
At first I brushed it off and asked my sources why would she have to buy a copy? Wouldn't Marvel just send a copy over to the Sony story department for their research purposes? Well folks, you're not going to believe this, but Marvel is THAT insanely cheap. The Sony folks had to buy their own copy. Unbelievable.
But here is the kicker. I did some additional sleuthing and a quick search of Karen Moy on the leaked Sony emails database over on Wikileaks reveals that she has previously made book purchases on Amazon for her former boss Amy Pascal. In my experience, where there is smoke there is fire.
This can't be a coincidence. Why would the head of the story department buy a trade paperback about one of Spider-Man's greatest foes for anything OTHER than research purposes? It's safe to say Sony is looking into the possibility of Kraven as their bad guy.
17th July 2015- John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein in Talks to Write the Script
John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are in early talks to pen the re-launch of Sony’s Spider-Man franchise
Just as they prep the release of their directorial debut with the reboot of Vacation, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein are in early talks to pen the re-launch of Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, THR has confirmed.
More on THR
11th July - Now called "Spectacular Spider-Man"
According to sources, the film is now called 'Spectacular Spider-Man'
8th July 2015 - Marisa Tomei Cast as Aunt May
Sources tell Variety that Marisa Tomei is the choice to play Aunt May in the next installment of the “Spider-Man” franchise.
Sony and Marvel had no comment on the casting.
While insiders could not say where things stood in the deal-making process, they said an offer was made late last week for the Oscar-winning actress to join Tom Holland, who was recently tapped to play the webslinging superhero.
30th June 2015 - Villain Hasn't Been In A Movie Before
But enough about the soap opera - we all know what’s going to sell a Spider-Man movie, and that’s the bad guy and the action. We’ve had five Spidey movies with eight villains, including three iterations of the Green Goblin/Hobgoblin. Is the next Spider-Man movie going to be bringing back familiar villains?
Feige says that Spidey has a deep bench of rogues. “That’s the advantage,” he told me. “Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”
So no Green Goblin this time around (although don’t be shocked if Harry and Norman Osborn show up). Could it finally be The Vulture’s time to shine? Or will there be a Kraven the Hunter or a Mysterio or a Molten Man in our cinematic future? I’d love to see Spider-Slayers, or maybe the Chameleon teaming up with a villain who offers more of a physical threat.
23rd June 2015 - Tom Holland announced as the new Spider-Man
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.
Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
14th June 2015 - Latest Casting News
Thanks to Josh for the heads up.
Today The Wrap's Jeff Sneider reported that the Spider-Man casting shortlist is down to Tom Holland, Matthew Lintz and Charlie Plummer. The site claims that the delay in casting comes down to Sony and Marvel butting heads over which kid is right.
My Sony sources were surprised by that bit of info. According to folks close to the situation there are no heads butting but rather everybody is exhibiting a lot of caution. This is major casting that they can't screw up, and they want the third time they cast Peter Parker to be the charm. It's been an agonizing process for this reason.
What's more, my sources tell me that the shortlist is actually two actors: Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe, whom The Wrap didn't name. Rowe is also an English actor, and he was in The Golden Compass as a child as well as Never Let Me Go. He certainly has the right look, and I understand he has the chops.
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13th June 2015 - Asa Butterfield No Longer In The Running To Star
It sounds like one of the frontrunners for the role of Spider-Man is no longer under consideration to star in the MCU reboot.
TheWrap's film reporter Jeff Sneider appeared on the Meet the Movie Press podcast this week during which time he claimed that Ender's Game star Asa Butterfield -- once thought to be the contender to beat -- is not one of the three finalists for the title role.
Sneider said that he's been told the three contenders as of right now are Tom Holland (How I Live Now), Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire), and Matthew Lintz (Pixels). Sneider claims that Marvel's pick is Charlie Plummer, while Sony likes Tom Holland, meaning that Marvel and Sony are "at odds" over who should portray the web-slinger.
3rd June 2015 - Actor Shortlist Reduced To 2 + Director Shortlist Revealed
As Sony Pictures preps The Dark Tower (talks are starting with Nikolaj Arcel to direct) and the Paul Feig-directed Ghostbusters as new franchises, and prepares to compete to re-up for the right to keep making James Bond movies when its deal expires after the upcoming Spectre (as our sister publication Variety uncovered), the studio is also getting close to untangling the web of intrigue over the next iteration of Spider-Man. It’s down to the wire, both on the choice of the actor who’ll play Peter Parker — Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland are the frontrunners though Matt Lintz and Charlie Rowe also made strong impressions — and also on the filmmaker who’ll steer a multi-picture arc that takes the protagonist through high school.
After a long vetting process, Sony Pictures and Marvel are zeroed in on the favorites, St Vincent helmer Ted Melfi and Warm Bodies’ Jonathan Levine. Still in contention are John Francis Daley & Jonathan M. Goldstein, the director-writers of the updated version of John Hughes’ Vacation.
31st May 2015 - Actors Who Had A Screen-Test Revealed
According to sources, six teenage boys tested for the highly sought-after role in Captain America: Civil War and follow-up films, one of the biggest "gets" for a young actor in the film business.
Tom Holland, who appeared as one of Naomi Watts' sons in the acclaimed tsunami drama The Impossible, and Asa Butterfield, the child star from Hugo and Ender's Game, were the best known of the contenders. The other four hopefuls included: Judah Lewis (a relative newbie who will be seen in the Jean Marc-Vallee's fall drama Demolition), Matthew Lintz (who will be seen with Adam Sandler in this summer's Pixels), Charlie Plummer (who had a recurring gig on Boardwalk Empire) and Charlie Rowe (a British actor who appeared on Fox's short-lived Red Band Society).
15th May 2015 - Asa Butterfield In Negotiations For Lead Role
We've been sitting on this information since Friday but can confirm now, that his reps and Marvel are under negotiations. Its all about formalities now and then an official announcement from Marvel will follow shortly.
We've known to be on the lookout for the many names on the various "short lists" that have come out over the past months as the potential Spider-Men have been whittled down to Butterfield.
Butterfield will presumably make his first appearance in Civil War next May followed by a solo Spider-Man movie with Sony and MCU characters on July 28th 2017. Rumors have Sony and Marvel planning to strike while the Spider-Man iron is hot beyond those two announced releases, but confirmable details are not available at this time.
2nd May 2015 - Lead Shortlist down to 2 Contenders
The final two contenders for Spider-Man are Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland, I am hearing. It was down to 2 last week.
— Devin Faraci (@devincf) May 1, 2015
29th April - Frontrunner Revealed
We all know that the role needs to be cast soon since it has been confirmed that we will see Peter Parker in “Captain America: Civil War” in May 6, 2016 before he stars in the “Spider-Man" solo film slated forJuly 28, 2017.
So who is the front-runner? Asa Butterfield Leads the Bunch. We have reached out to Asa’s reps who have given us a “no comment.” We have also reached out other industry sources who have confirmed that he is indeed the front runner including one who believed that he already had bagged the role, by stating:
"Marvel had liked him since day one."
28th April 2015 - New Spider-man now called "Spider-Man: The New Avenger"
According to production reports we've seen, the new movie will be called "Spider-Man: The New Avenger".
23rd April 2015 - Shortlist of Spider-Man Actors Announced
Sony Pictures and Marvel have narrowed down their list of “Spider-Man” contenders to a select group of up-and-coming actors that includes Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James, among others.
12th February 2015 - Dylan O'Brien And Logan Lerman Being Considered For Lead Role
Sony is looking to a few fresh faces to portray a much younger Spider-Man in their Marvel Studios-sanctioned new take on the character.
A few actors are already being considered to replace the Amazing Spider-Man series' Andrew Garfield, including Dylan O'Brien (The Maze Runner) and Logan Lerman (the Percy Jackson series, Fury). The studio has reportedly not yet reached out to them. A new director is also needed to replace The Amazing Spider-Man films' Marc Webb, and presumably this new helmer will participate in the casting of the film.
The new Peter Parker will go back to "Spidey’s roots and put the character back in high school," and the web-slinging superhero will now "spend more time in the setting and explore his awkward relationship with other students while fighting crime out of the classroom."
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