Tom Holland Nabs Role as the New Spider-Man with Jon Watts Directing Reboot. After months of searching, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally announced that British actor Tom Holland will play Spider-Man. They also announced that Jon Watts would direct the new film.
Marvel made it official on their website that The Impossible’s Tom Holland will be playing the teenage Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter-ego in an untitled reboot which is set to release on July 28th, 2017. The press release says that Marvel and Sony producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an broad search for both an actor and director to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With the studios impressed with Tom Holland’s work, it was a mutual decision that they would choose him as the next Spider-Man.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman commented on the announcement saying:
It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.
Kevin Feige also spoke about the good news, especially with finding a new director to take the franchise in a different direction. “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life”, the Marvel Studios president said. “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Amy Pascal also expressed her excitement about the two individuals chosen to lead the Spider-Man film franchise into a new path. She said:
Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Before heading off into his own solo film, Tom Holland will make his first appearance in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, which arrives in theaters May 6, 2016.
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