A new actor is swinging into the role of Spider-Man after much debate about who would play the hero after Marvel made a deal with Sony back in February. After a world wide search Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have found a new face to hide behind the web-slingers mask as well as a director for the next film.
Newcomer Tom Holland has been cast as Spidey and Jon Watts is set to direct the Next Spider-Man film. Holland is best known for 2012’s “The Impossible” and is also starring in Ron Howard’s upcoming film “In the Heart of the Sea.” Directing credits for Watts include “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
The two may be fairly unknown, but Sony and Marvel are happy with their selections. 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.”
Sony and Marvel were looking for a talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well known characters in the world and they believe with Tom Holland they have found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise will be financed and released by Sony Pictures in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be 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. They plan to spin a new web and collaborate together on a new creative direction for the iconic hero
Marvel Studios has also officially confirmed that Tom Holland’s will make his first onscreen appearance in the role of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War scheduled for release May 6, 2016.
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