After months of speculation, numerous rumoured short lists and a handful of unreliable announcements, Sony Pictures has finally put out a press release this week confirming the casting of the new Spider-Man. No, it’s not Logan Lerman, Jamie Bell or Josh Hutcherson, but it is someone that had been previously mentioned as a possibility. The new Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot will be 26-year-old British actor Andrew Garfield.
I don’t think I’ve seen a single film that Garfield has been in thus far, but I know that he has garnered some critical acclaim for performances in films such as Boy A, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and The Red Riding Trilogy. He also has major roles in David Fincher’s The Social Network and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go. I’d say it’s a good sign that they opted for an accomplished actor with some credibility behind him rather than just another pretty face. Of course, it does seem a little bit odd that the new Spider-Man will be played by a Brit, but hey, I guess he’ll just have to spend some time perfecting his New York accent! How do you feel about Sony’s choice? Will Andrew Garfield be able to easily step into the role and make us all forget about Tobey Maguire, or is this a disappointing start to the Spider-Man reboot?