No More Rumors: Andrew Garfield to Play Spider-Man
07.01.10 by Ryan
The rumors and speculation can finally come to an end because Sony has officially announced that Andrew Garfield will play Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. On its Twitter page, Sony offered a simple, to-the-point announcement.
BREAKING NEWS: ANDREW GARFIELD CAST AS PETER PARKER IN NEXT SPIDER-MAN
A relative unknown, Garfield beat out several contenders for the role, including Jamie Bell, Anthon Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Logan Lerman, and Alden Ehrenreich. Josh Hutcherson was recently rumored to have won the role, but clearly that was just speculation.
In Sony's official press release, director Marc Webb explained Garfield's casting.
Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures, had a more in-depth explanation on the decision.
Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.
Born in Los Angeles, but raised in England, Garfield also appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions for Lambs.
The Spider-Man reboot begins production in early December and opens in 3D on July 3, 2012. Webb will direct from a script by James Vanderbilt that Alvin Sargent is rewriting.