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UPDATED! Sony Chooses Josh Hutcherson To Play Peter Parker In Their ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot
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*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.

9 Comments »

  1. who?

    Comment by MK2Fac3 — June 30, 2010 @ 2:10 pm

  2. It all sucks. Sony should’ve let Maguire & Raimi continue to tell stories for as long as they wanted. It is Spider-MAN afterall. Not to mention they were wildly entertaining & lucrative for the studio. Billions worldwide. The saddest part is that they could’ve ALWAYS rebooted in the future…instead choosing to kill the goose that was laying the golden egg now. It makes no sense whatsoever. Spider-man 3 may not have been the best, but they earned another shot. By the way, how long will it be before this crowd is too old?? Are they going to reboot and reboot and reboot and reboot?? Give your audience some credit. We all don’t have the pathetic attention span of the Twilight crowd.

    Comment by Frank — June 30, 2010 @ 11:11 pm

  3. yea, it’s all crap. Until they get a dramatic storyline that grips the audience without or without special effects, until they get past this origin bs, none of its worth a shit. really, it’s spiderman who doesn’t know how he came to be? Look at the hulk movie, they jumped right into the action because they gave the audience credit to assume they knew who they were coming to see, and it worked well. it might not have been as lucrative but Norton’s HULK was a better film.

    Comment by adam — July 1, 2010 @ 1:55 am

  4. Oh, NO……………….

    This is the worst news I’ve heard since Spidey was rebooted. (Not to mention that news made me cry and cry)

    This is terrible, has Sony ever seen this guy ACT!? What the #%^# are they THINKING!?!? I figured I’d watch the ‘new Spider-Man’ when it comes out, but now… Ugh, I just know I won’t be able to bear it..

    Raimi. Toby, and Kirsten were the best people that could ever be chosen for a Spider-Man film series.. This is the most sad news I have ever heard in my entire life. Seriously.. =|

    Comment by Stephen — July 1, 2010 @ 2:51 am

  5. I smell a flop…

    Comment by Johnny — July 1, 2010 @ 9:08 am

  6. Do you guys read the Ultimate books? Most of the newer Marvel Studios stuff takes their cue from that series. Sony appears to be doing the same with the reboot, which is a good thing in my opinion. Spidey’s origin and characterization are much different there. He isn’t a photographer but a web developer for the Daily Bugle.

    Hutchinson, I’m not so sure about. I’d much rather see Jamie Bell gnab the lead. If he could do a decent American accent he’d be perfect.

    Comment by Wesley Johnson — July 1, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

  7. This is disappointing. I wish they’d “go old” with Spiderman, when he’s more angry and mature. Sure, the whole teen coming to grips with it blah blah thing…and Toby did that great…but once he got comfortable as Spider-Man, and started becoming an adult…ugh, Toby couldn’t pull it off worth a damn. Angry Spidey is great…but Angry Toby was just…angsty and whiney.

    Comment by Thrasher — July 1, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

  8. I dunno guys, I don’t see the problem myself. I don’t know why they get the same directors to go on film after film, of course there are economical reasons, after one or two films they know exactly what they’re doing, and with todays financial situation in Hollywood it’s not a surprise that they’d want to save a few dollars wherever possible, but I think it just gets stale and the latest spiderman franchise directed by Rami is a good example of that. Give new people a chance to explore their own visions of Spiderman or Wolverine or whatever.

    Comment by Gordon Emanuel — July 1, 2010 @ 1:51 pm

  9. Honestly i dont see a problem here. Although Tobey Maguire made an excellent spidey, he is getting a little too old to play the character which is in his late teen years. With the advances in our graphics, and CGI, i think they can make this film look amazing, as long as they dont rush it. Yes it may be a little too early for a spidey reboot, but a lot of films have been rebooted over the years. I know a lot of them have indeed been flops, but i believe this one can be a HUGE success, as long as they dont rush to get this film completed.

    Comment by Ben — July 1, 2010 @ 2:24 pm

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