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28 June 2010  |  Written by Owen Williams  |  Source: Deadline

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After months of speculation about who will fill the tights of the new Spider-Man, we may finally soon have an answer. The suits at Columbia Pictures have been watching screen-tests for their ultimate Spidey short-list. In a word: thwip!

According to Deadline the final few in serious Spider-Man contention are Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot); Anton Yelchin (Chekov in Star Trek and Kyle Reese in Terminator: Salvation); Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass); Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus); Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson, 3:10 to Yuma); and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Harry Potter alumnus Frank Dillane could have been in there, but opted for drama school instead.

As you'll know full well by now, this isn't Spider-Man 4 per se, but a new start to the franchise, skewing younger, possibly by way of Brian Michael Bendis' alternate plot and chronology in Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man comics. The script is by Jamie Vanderbilt (The Losers, Zodiac) and the 3D film will be directed by 500 Days of Summer's Marc Webb: chosen because Avi Arad likes his way with a teenage drama.

Shooting starts before the year is out, so Columbia and Sony will be wanting to get this small matter sorted, so they can get on with casting everyone else. If you were heading down to Ladbrokes, who would your money be on? 


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L: adambatman82 L: Edward Nygma Would it have been too much to ask for them to cast a man instead of pre pubescent, still drooling, fresh-faced kids? ne never saw Spider Man as a teen thing, the high school part was always irrelevant for me and the least interesting thing of the whole story.portant thing was Spider Man fighting silly bad guys not Peter Parker's crush in English class or his first ejaculation. Besides, we've already seen all this!!! Is 2002 really that long ago? More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 00:08 on 29 June 2010 | Report This Post

Too Soon ...but it's probably too late hope they change their mind
I'm not against the idea of a reboot per say though in an ideal world studios would have patience with a franchise and properly explore a story arc in full without trying to shoe horn every merchandisable character into a film for maximum 'value'. i.e. green goblin arc, symbiot arc, kingpin arc, hell even doctor doom or morbius arc's (any of which would support 2 or 3 films). Anyway like I said waaaay too soon for a reboot, the orginal spiderman films are way too fresh in the memory and the More

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I can't see it having the same charm without Maguire and Raimi. As has been pointed out, Spider-Man/Peter Parker is a high school kid, and at 35 Maguire would have been far too old. I just think it should be left as a trilogy with no re boot. More

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RE: Spider Boy
L: Edward Nygma Would it have been too much to ask for them to cast a man instead of pre pubescent, still drooling, fresh-faced kids? ne never saw Spider Man as a teen thing, the high school part was always irrelevant for me and the least interesting thing of the whole story.portant thing was Spider Man fighting silly bad guys not Peter Parker's crush in English class or his first ejaculation. Besides, we've already seen all this!!! Is 2002 really that long ago? ou are joking right? More

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RE: Jamie Bell's the best on there
L: JIm R st all a horrible concept, I have no opinion to offer the validility of anyone but just to say I hope to god Aaron Johnson doesn't take it, a) your better than this and b) as Marwood says, it neglects the amazing work done in Kick Ass which by default and without trying has made the comic book film genre static and staid. t="trebuchet ms"] s was brilliant and demonstrated what can be achieved on a low (hollywood budget) and inventive casting and well executed direction.ote] &n More

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RE: Jamie Bell's the best on there
st all a horrible concept, I have no opinion to offer the validility of anyone but just to say I hope to god Aaron Johnson doesn't take it, a) your better than this and b) as Marwood says, it neglects the amazing work done in Kick Ass which by default and without trying has made the comic book film genre static and staid. t="trebuchet ms"] s was brilliant and demonstrated what can be achieved on a low (hollywood budget) and inventive casting and well executed direction. More

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