A few months ago came the major announcement that Spider-man would be joining the Marvel Universe with an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. However despite the fact that movie has been shooting for a while now, no new Spidey was announced to replace the sadly departing Andrew Garfield.
That’s changed now though, as the young man who’s seemed like the frontrunner for several weeks, Tom Holland, has landed the role. Yep, it’s another Brit.
The accompanying press release says that the ‘studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.’ And unlike either Garfield or Tobey Maguire, he is actually still a teenager.
He will first been seen in the role in Civil War, which opens May 2016, before getting his own standalone movie on July 28th, 2017. Sony also announced who would direct that movie, going with Jon Watts, director of Cop Car, the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
He’s certainly a brave choice but it seems increasingly popular to put superhero movies in the hands of up and comers who have indie cred but little mega-budget Hollywood experience.