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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Who Should Be The New Spiderman?

Meet the men who could play Spider-Man (exclusive)

Even as Alvin Sargent rewrites the script for Columbia’s rebooted “Spider-Man,” director Marc Webb has been ensnaring actors in his web in his search for the new Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man.
Webb has been meeting and reading actors quietly for several months, but the list has narrowed in the past week or two. No screen tests have been conducted at this early stage (though it will be a requirement), and insiders point out that the director and studio are still on the lookout.

The candidates for the web-slinger include:
  Jamiebell -- Jamie Bell: The 24-year-old English actor, repped by WME and Artists Independent Management, who made his film debut playing the title character in “Billy Elliot,” has been doing the proper British actor thing in period movies such as “Nicholas Nickleby” and “Jane Eyre” (he’s also appeared in Hollywood movies such as Peter Jackson’s “King Kong” and Ed Zwick’s “Defiance”). More important, he’s already stepped into the comics world by portraying Tintin in Jackson and Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin” movie, which won’t hit screens until December 2011. 

-- Alden Ehrenreich: The Los Angeles-born 20-year-old has a juicy backstory, having been “discovered” by Spielberg, who saw a comedy video starring Ehrenreich at a bat mitzvah of his daughter’s friend. A couple of TV appearances followed, but the actor’s next big leap came when he was cast by Francis Ford Coppola in 2009’s “Tetro.” He is repped by WME.
-- Frank Dillane: The 19-year-old Brit’s main credit is last year’s “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince,” where he played a young Tom Riddle. Is a minor role in a “Potter” film a good springboard for a mega-franchise? It worked for Robert Pattinson. 

-- Andrew Garfield: The L.A.-born actor had a short stint on a BBC TV series called “Sugar Rush” but gained notices for playing a young reporter in a gritty British TV movie trilogy titled “Red Riding.” The 27-year-old appeared in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” and will be seen in David Fincher’s movie about Facebook, “The Social Network.” He is repped by CAA and the Collective.
Josh_Hutcherson -- Josh Hutcherson: The youngest actor of the bunch -- he turns 18 this year -- is also the one with the most experience. The past six years alone have seen the Kentucky-born kid rack up credits with key roles in Jon Favreau’s “Zathura,” drama “Bridge to Terabithia” and the upcoming “Red Dawn” remake. He appears in the Sundance hit “The Kids Are All Right,” which insider buzz suggests could be an Oscar contender, and starred with Brendan Fraser in “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”
Hutcherson, repped by ICM and Beddingfield, just signed on to star in the “Journey” sequel, and that movie could prove a fly in the ointment if the actor’s schedule collides with “Spider-Man.” (Though you can bet every effort would be made to make it work.)

The group of actors seems to fall in line with what Webb has been looking to do with his take on Spider-Man, which is to cast relative unknowns in a story that roots Parker back in high school. The movie will be an angst-ridden tale of a teen dealing with the knowledge that his uncle died even though he had the power to stop it.

Columbia wants to begin production by year’s end, but Webb and the studio are taking their time choosing the actor while Sargent gets the script in spider-shape.

A Columbia spokesperson did not comment on the casting process, saying “There have been a number of names floated online and almost every week, someone calls with a new rumor. We are not commenting on the casting process or rumors such as these.”
- Borys Kit



Hawt said...

I'd go with Hutcherson. His look, age and his background fit the project. His experience is a bonus and the fact he's willing to do a sequel to Journey shows he doesn't mind remaining part of an ensemble. If they want to do more than one Spiderman movie, they will want someone who won't be worried about typecasting halfway through filming the first movie.

Anonymous said...

I think they should go with someone who is not afraid of being in an already established franchise. Because, even though it's a reboot, it's still a part of the Spider-man franchise. So I think they should choose Frank Diliane. He was awsome as Young Voldemort!

Discobitch said...

i dont care who plays him as long as the actors can act and the storyline is good =) ps sorry GB but Sugar Rush was on Channel 4 (same channel which made and showed Queer As Folk!) not the BBC xxx

Ian said...

The Spider-Man movie reboot idea of turning it into a full blown teenage angst melodrama sounds kind of lame to me, or maybe I've just had enough of the franchise for one lifetime.

Anonymous said...

I think that it should be Carter Jenkins! YUM!!!

Jules said...

Toby Maguire is Spider Man. It's way too soon to bring in another to take his place. And I agree with Ian that the new story format is weak. This movie will flop - trust.

Hollowdoll said...

I'm torn between Jamie Bell and Josh Hutcherson. Can Spiderman be cloned by some evil doctor and have a fraternal twin?