Andrew Garfield is the New Spider-Man

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?

  • Fatbologna

    Decent choice. He was good in the first of the Red Riding films.

    We’ll see if he can pull the accent off…

  • ShenEvil44

    He looks a little like Tobey Maguire except dopier. Anyway, I’m still against this reboot.

  • Kasper

    Sean, odd of you to show a picture of him from Lions for Lambs, without mentioning the movie :P

    I never actually knew he was british from the few films I’ve seen him in, so whatever accent problems that might worry some doesn’t seem to be an issue at all.

  • I actually didn’t realize that picture was from Lions for Lambs. Never saw it.

  • Mark in Ottawa

    Jay Baruchel’s brother …..

  • Space Bandito

    I hope this project fails, but I know it won’t. Teenage girls = gold.

  • Brendan

    Does he like LASAGNA? AH HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!

    (I’m very sorry for that.)

    Anyway, I haven’t seen him in anything either, but he’s British, so that must mean he’s a good actor, right? The only other thing I can see is that he has a skinny neck.

  • juan

    this guy looks like my right foot

  • Ford

    Boring choice.

  • herlygurl

    Not too bad of a choice… I really don’t understand why they are doing a reboot though. Wish they had sold the rights for Spiderman so he would be part of the Avengers… however he was always my least fav character in the Avengers… Whatever it’s just Spiderman, I’m too all hyped up about Thor and CAPTAIN AMERICA!!!!

  • burton

    He’s actually British-American. He was born in the States but grew up in the UK. I suppose he probably has dual citizenship or such. My biggest gripe is that he’s 26. Dude will be 28 by the time the movie is released, and well into his 30s by the sequel. And this reboot is supposed to be very HIGH SCHOOL-CENTRIC. You know, teen Peter Parker. Raimi’s movies never really bothered to do the high school stuff; Pete quickly became a college student pretty fast. But if you’re going to reboot it and go “high school” with it, why the hell do you cast a guy in his late ’20s and looks every bit like it? This dude couldn’t past for 20, much less what, 17? Shesh.

  • Steve

    The best cast in the world can’t get me excited about Spider-Man 4.

  • Chris

    i did see lion for lambs and remembered that i thought he was a good actor. never hit me that he would be a good spiderman, but i guess he can pull it off. i guess my only gripe is that he is a little older for the role, didn’t they want to start peter parker in high school?

  • Niklas

    is this re-boot going to do the origin story all over again?

  • HFD

    I couldn’t look at that guy’s picture for more than 10 seconds… no way I can sit thru a whole movie looking at him.

  • TheAllKnowingGod

    His face looks like it’s been run over by a cement truck.

  • AJ

    Echoing the sentiments of a lot of you. NOT INTERESTED!

  • Napalm

    seems like a good choice. haven’t seen him on anything though. i for one is excited about a fresh Spider Man!

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  • Aaron

    He blew my mind in Boy A. One of my all-time favorites.

  • I don’t get it. Marvel wants to go younger with this reboot, so they cast a 26 year old?

  • rob

    jamie bell would have been my pick :/

  • Hugo

    I would have preferred Sam Jackson. He is being wasted in the Avengers.

  • Maopheus

    Not that Tobey Maguire used a “New York” accent of any kind in his Spidey movies. I would agree that it seems they should have gone younger. Hell, if you can get a Taylor Lautner to play a character the same age, then you can get someone to play Spiderman. Oh well, the interest is somewhat gone due to the fact that it wasn’t that long ago that the Spiderman 3 was released.