Andrew Garfield has been replaced by another British actor, 19 year old Tom Holland to star as the next Spider-Man. Tom first popped up in Billy Elliot the Musical before heading to Hollywood to star in The Impossible. He most recently was seen it BBC’s Wolf Hall. If his acrobatic skills are anything to go by, he’s going to be a great Spider-Man. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “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.”
Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. But before that, Tom’s Spider-Man will make an appearance in Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War which is due for release in 2016.
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