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Tom Holland is Marvel's new Spider-Man

Tom Holland

Story by Jack Foley

YOUNG British actor Tom Holland has been cast as the new Spider-Man for Marvel.

The actor will play the web-slinging superhero, aka Peter Parker, in Marvel’s stand-alone film, set for release in 2017, as well as Captain America: Civil War, which will precede it.

Jon Watts has also been announced as the director of the stand-alone Spider-Man having made a huge impression at Sundance this year with the coming-of-age thriller Cop Car.

Holland shot to prominence playing the son of Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor in acclaimed tsunami drama The Impossible and has since been recognised among BAFTA’s Breakthrough Brits.

He reportedly won the role after impressing at a stealth test in Atlanta at the end of May, beating off competition from the likes of Asa Butterfield (the child star from Hugo and Ender’s Game), Judah Lewis (soon to be seen in the drama Demolition) and Charlie Plummer (who had a recurring gig on Boardwalk Empire).

The tests in question were the culmination of a world-wide search in which over 1,500 boys from around the globe seen by a panel including Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, former Sony head and now a Spider producer Amy Pascal and Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Sony made it a point to re-cast Peter Parker, who was most recently played by Andrew Garfield, as a teenager, since the new series will be set entirely in high school.

In a statement announcing the casting as well as the appointment of Watts as director, 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.”

Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman, added in a separate statement: “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.”

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