About a month ago, word was that Asa Butterfield pretty much had a lock on the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in next summer’s ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ but not so fast! Those reports seem to have been premature as Marvel is just now narrowing its choices and while Butterfield is among those that tested for the part, he has five other competitors to out-web.
Marvel flew six hopefuls to Atlanta, where ‘Civil War’ is currently filming, to audition this past Saturday. That’s six, out of roughly 1,500 young actors that Marvel considered at one point or another. In addition to the ‘Ender’s Game‘ star, Marvel also looked at Tom Holland, who appeared in the tsunami drama ‘The Impossible,’ Judah Lewis, who can be seen in the remake of ‘Point Break’ as a young Johnny Utah, the part played by Keanu Reeves in the original and Luke Bracey in the new one, Matthew Lintz, who appears in this summer’s ‘Pixels,’ Charlie Plummer, who had a recurring role on ‘Boardwalk Empire’ and currently can be seen on the Netflix series ‘Granite Flats,’ and Charlie Rowe, who appeared on the short-lived hospital drama ‘Red Band Society.’
Absent from the list are Liam James, Timothée Chalamet, and Nat Wolf, who were supposedly in the mix just over a month ago.
Among the judges were Marvel head Kevin Feige, ‘Spider-Man’ producer Amy Pascal and Joe and Anthony Russo, the joint directors of ‘Civil War.’ This new spin on the famous Wall-Crawler will debut in ‘Civil War,’ before hopefully headlining a revamped trilogy for Sony, who has held the film rights to the character since the first ‘Spider-Man’ in 2002 up to the last two disappointing installments starring Andrew Garfield in the title role. Sony is hoping that partnering with Marvel and establishing Spidey as part of their blockbuster cinematic universe, that it will revive interest in the character in his own movies.
It should be noted that Sony plans to send the character of Peter Parker back to high school for the new flicks, so that could factor into their decision.
Are you excited to see a new cinematic Spider-Man? Which of these hopefuls is best suited for the role?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter