After months of rumours and speculation, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally cast their Spider-Man!
It was announced that Tom Holland, best known for playing Billy Elliot in the musical based in London, will be playing the famous web-slinger.
Holland, 19, will be the third Peter Parker in the last 13 years and with Marvel’s involvement, hopefully the last in a long time.
In a statement released on Marvel’s website, producer Amy Pascal stated “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. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
It hasn’t been officially confirmed that he will be a part of the huge cast of Captain America: Civil War due next year, but we’ll see his titular film hit cinemas on July 8th, 2017.
Holland has starred in the films The Impossible (2012), How I Live Now (2013), Locke (2014) and the upcoming film, starring Thor actor Chris Hemsworth, In the Heart of the Sea (2015).
In a move now unsurprising for Marvel, Marvel and Sony also confirmed that relatively unknown director Jon Watts will be directing Spider-Man.
“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.” Kevin Feige commented.
Watts has directed two TV series for parody website the Onion and has directed films such as Clown (2014) and Cop Car (2015).
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