After months of searching and speculation, Marvel and Sony announced on Tuesday that Tom Holland has been chosen as the next Spider-Man
It’s been a long and exhausting search for a new actor to play Spider-Man in the new partnership between Marvel and Sony Pictures, but the part has finally been cast.
Tom Holland — best known for his roles in ‘The Impossible’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ — will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the new solo film due on from Marvel and Sony on July 28, 2017.
Holland is expected to debut as Spider-Man in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ out on May 6, 2016.
“Sony, Marvel, Kevin (Feige) 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,” said producer Amy Pascal. “With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
In addition to Holland being cast, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures also announced that Jon Watts will be the new director in charge of the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ film.
Watts is a relative newcomer to the industry with work primarily in independent films such as ‘Clowns’ and ‘Cop Car’, which just debuted at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Marvel producer Kevin Feige said. “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Holland is a 19-year old actor from England, which fills the role that Marvel and Sony agreed upon when relaunching the ‘Spider-Man’ films once the two studios agreed to work with each other while sharing the character across several movies.
Holland has been one of the finalists to land the ‘Spider-Man’ gig for some time now, but Sony and Marvel finally came to an agreement this week so now he can strap on his web-shooters and get ready to swing into action!