Patrick Fugit to Take Over for Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 4?


Although we still have yet to hear any official word on a fourth Spider-Man film and who might direct it, an interesting rumour hit the web this week concerning the possible re-casting of Peter Parker. I guess we’re to assume that Tobey Maguire signed a three movie deal and that he definitely won’t be returning if another movie happens, and according to Latino Review, the current frontrunner to replace him is Almost Famous star Patrick Fugit.

I have to admit, I’m a bit surprised to hear his name crop up. I just watched his latest film Wristcutters: A Love Story a month or two ago and I remember thinking that he really hasn’t done much after Almost Famous. He’s been in Spun, Saved, and a few other smaller films, but certainly nothing as high profile as Cameron Crowe’s flick. Although he was perfect for that particular role, I don’t think the guy has a ton of depth as an actor. I could see him capturing the nerdy, awkward side of Peter Parker just fine, but I don’t know if he has the charisma to also be believable as a superhero. Michael Angarano (Sky High, The Forbidden Kingdom) is also supposedly in the running. What do you think… do you like either of these choices? Can the Spider-Man franchise carry on with an entirely new cast?

  • In my honorable opinion its only cool to continue a franchise without its original cast if you wait about 10 years.

  • sasha

    maybe it’s a stunt by Sony to blindslide us. have you seen tobey maguire lately? he’s cycling and his arms look buff. maybe the director and cast are all intact but they’re keeping it underwraps. just a thought.

  • Really?
    I loved Wristcutters and the whole time I kept thinking he would be the perfect spider-man.
    You’re probably right, Fuggit doesn’t have a ton of depth but Peter Parker isn’t a deep character. Actually it’s a really easy to cast role. Pretty much any 20 something actor would be fine. In the chud article they mentioned that right now the casting list was so broad it probably included Michael Cera; and I thought to my self “Michael Cera would be fine as spider-man”.

    Also, Fuggit is much more charismatic than Maguire.

    Most of all I’d like to see a changing of the guard. Maguire seemed bored in Spider-Man 3 and was definitely the week link in the cast. I’d like to see a different take on the character.

  • I really, really like the first 3 Spider-Man movies. I am worried that if they change it up it’s going to get even more ridiculous with the DARKNESS. The only thing that I thought could have been alittle more at the forefront in the first 3 was Peters wit, I’m sure it’s hard to pull off when you want exciting action, but some of the classic comic books that I have still crack me up when I read the sarcasm towards ridiculousness like a guy with 6 arms, or a sandman, or an old guy with wings you know? I’m sure that won’t be high on their priorities though, probably something like MAXIMUM CARNAGE (which is an alright storyline, but carnage is so boring).

  • Dan

    I really don’t like when movies change cast, especially with big budget movies like Spider-Man. Toby has developed and become almost synonymous with Spider-Man and I feel adding a new cast would spoil both the movies and Spider-Man…I mean, just look at what happened with Inspector Gadget 2…just terrible.

  • I never liked Fugit. Though it was inevitable that Tobey would get tired of playing that role. No matter how successful something is, at some point enough is enough.

    If they go with a new cast, I think they should go with a new director as well.

  • Ryan

    Why can’t they leave this alone for about two decades? There are many other properties out there that haven’t had a chance yet. This should be scratched especially if Sam Raimi says no. Btw, that Fugit guy seems like a terrible choice.

  • Jenifer

    I think if they really have to cast someone who looks like tobey maguire then they should cst danial radcliff bec he would certainly give the role full justice.