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Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man
British actor confirmed as Peter Parker

02 July 2010  |  Written by Chris Hewitt  

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It's been the casting announcement the world has been waiting for, but when it arrived here in Cancun just moments ago, it definitely came out of leftfield: Andrew Garfield, star of the upcoming The Social Network, has just been confirmed as the new Peter Parker. Which means, in case you're not aware, that he's the new Spider-Man.

Producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, along with Spider-Man director Marc Webb, stepped out onto a stage at the Ritz-Carlton, Cancun, to announce the identity of their new Spidey, one of the most hotly-contested roles around at the moment. And, even though Garfield had been mentioned in relation to the role at one point, so had every young actor in Hollywood, so it was a real surprise when Garfield, here to promote The Social Network, stepped out.

At 26, Garfield seems to be older than the story of the Spidey reboot would call for, given that it's set during Peter Parker's high school years. But Garfield is remarkably fresh-faced, and should fit the role superbly. And, for anyone who's followed his burgeoning career since he appeared in Robert Redford's Lions For Lambs, it's no surprise. The kid can act.

And, of course, he's British, which means that we now have Batman, Professor X and Spider-Man. Oh, and Kick-Ass.

"Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents," said Webb in a statement. "He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Filming on the new Spider-Man will begin in December, with a release in 3D on July 3, 2012.


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As exiting as a dead spider
Who cares about Spiderman, anyway (except from the die-hard fans of the comic-? "Spiderman 3" was awful, I don't think it can get any worse than that. The whole idea of a new prequel-sequel (whatever) is a BAD one. More

Posted by Col. Hans Landa at 11:36 on 10 July 2010 | Report This Post

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L: Bubba76 He looks like a young Norman Bates! :-o know right! I've been saying that ever since I saw him in Dr Parnassus! Glad I'm not the only one who sees that. Thought I was going psycho for a minute there... *cue pre-recorded laughs track* More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 13:05 on 03 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Reboot/remake/das boot/ whattever!
L: Lemure It's too soon since the original. Bond had 40 years. Don't get me wrong, I like Marc Webb and I like the Spider-Man universe. I'm really hoping they can do something new and original and not tread on the toes of Raimi's version. 'm not just referring to Casino Royale, Bond was constantly rebooted and reinvented over the course of the first 40 years. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 23:40 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Interesting choice
I was rather hoping Garfield would get the role of Bilbo in the Hobbit, he seems like more of a natural fit for that. As for Spider-Man, he's not the worst choice, but I agree the producers could have gone for someone  just a bit younger. gn] More

Posted by Fit Kisto at 21:44 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man
L: Tech_Noir I still think ] would have been awesome as Peter Parker / Spiderman back in 2002. He has the wit and energy. anyone who doesn't like Andrew Garfield, just remember it could have been a lot worse More

Posted by Ultimo Lee at 18:25 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man
I still think Shia would have been awesome as Peter Parker / Spiderman back in 2002. He has the wit and energy. So many hilarious ad-lib one liners missed! More

Posted by Tech_Noir at 17:57 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

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I heard they were now setting the reboot in college. And good job too, the last thin we need is another annoying high school movie. More

Posted by hatebox at 12:28 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
L: adambatman82 There is a difference between rebooting and remaking something. Think of this more as a relaunch than a redo. Like Bond. The films weren't sustainable as they were; the budgets were spiralling due to the cast, who in turn were getting old, so a reboot was inevitable for a property of this type. Its a comic book, its suited to this format. sp; I see what you're saying Adam, and I agree that comicbook properties are suited to reinvention.  That would be fine if they More

Posted by Invader_Ace at 11:41 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man
L: The Hooded Man A 26 year old high school student. Hollywood never learns, so by casting him it guarantees Sony can have another precious reboot in three years. aguire was 27 when he did the first Spidey, and I never questioned his teen-look credentials. Nor did I Matthew Broderick who was 24 when he played Ferris Bueller. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 11:30 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Andrew Garfield Is Spider-Man
A 26 year old high school student. Hollywood never learns, so by casting him it guarantees Sony can have another precious reboot in three years. More

Posted by The Hooded Man at 11:05 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE:
There is a difference between rebooting and remaking something. Think of this more as a relaunch than a redo. Like Bond. The films weren't sustainable as they were; the budgets were spiralling due to the cast, who in turn were getting old, so a reboot was inevitable for a property of this type. Its a comic book, its suited to this format. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 10:01 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Too Old!
Exactly. And if you're going that old then you may as well have given it to the best man for the job - Joseph Gordon Levitt! More

Posted by Jayseph at 09:36 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Seen em all
Not the most handsome of the bunch but he's an ok actor so we'll see. Kinda looks like Anthony Perkins... More

Posted by Edward Nygma at 07:01 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Seen em all
L: adambatman82 Boy A and the Red Riding Trilogy are two of the most renown British television programmes of the decade. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're bad. He's a promising young British actor, but from the sounds of it you were destined to hate on any announcement made on this film. I mean would you seriously rather see Raimi continue on the downward spiral that began with Spider-man 3? Complete with 35 year old, jazz hands Peter Parker? Marc Webb is an exci More

Posted by Ethanial at 03:16 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: dumb posts
L: WULLIE Look none of us can say he will be bad or good or if the movie will be great or meh.We will all just have to wait for the finished product.GO WEB GO xactly. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 02:07 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: @Adambatman
L: Ambition I don't think one movie constitutes a 'downward spiral'. RAIMI FOREVER! f course it does. It sets precedent, and Drag Me To Hell proved that Raimi just wasn't comfortable within the confines of a major franchise anymore (i'e the freedom that that film afforded produced a great film) Besides, this new film doesn't diminish your precious existing spidey flicks in any way, they're still there, and will be regardless of what Webb produces. Who knows, you might even get a fourth More

Posted by adambatman82 at 02:04 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Seen em all
L: Ethanial And can't even recall much of them, since they were pretty unanimously dull, not bad per-se, just, not great. oy A and the Red Riding Trilogy are two of the most renown British television programmes of the decade. Just because you don't like them doesn't mean they're bad. He's a promising young British actor, but from the sounds of it you were destined to hate on any announcement made on this film. I mean would you seriously rather see Raimi continue on the downward spiral t More

Posted by adambatman82 at 01:58 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Unmemorable
Unmemorable? Have you not seen Boy A? The Red Riding Trilogy? Hes the best thing in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions for Lambs too. The guy is one of our great young talents, and it's great to see yet another solid decision being made in this production. Sure, the fanboys might have written this off from the start, but the talent behind this is shaping up nicely. More

Posted by adambatman82 at 01:38 on 02 July 2010 | Report This Post

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