*UPDATE* In case you have not heard, this news turned out to be completely false. Just a couple of days later, Sony announced that their Peter Parker was actually Andrew Garfield. (Read: CHECK THAT: Andrew Garfield To Play New Spider-Man, NOT Josh Hutcherson)
It’s been a bit of a wild ride since Spider-Man 3 came and went, leaving a sour taste in the mouths of fans near and far. Spider-Man 4 was well into development when Sony suddenly decided to throw it all away and start over fresh. Since then we’ve learned that (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb would be replacing Sam Raimi, but who would take on the coveted role of Peter Parker for this new Spidey vision?
Many names, as expected, have been rumored over the past months, but now it looks as though one name stands alone: Josh Hutcherson. According to Blue Sky Disney (via Latino Review), Sony has chosen the young actor after many candidates were screen tested for the role.
Hutcherson is not yet 18, but has already done quite a bit. Notable movies that he has appeared in include Zathura, Bridge to Terabithia, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant. He’s also set to star in a Center of the Earth sequel and the Red Dawn remake.
The plan with the Spider-Man remake is to completely start over from scratch, which means back to high school and all of the origin story of how the quiet photographer Peter Parker came to be the superhero known as Spider-Man.
What do you think of this casting? Hutcherson is definitely a rising star and is at an age where he can really grow with the character…something the much-older Tobey Maguire was not able to do.