At first it looked like Asa Butterfield was going to get the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the upcoming reboot. For the past couple of weeks, actors have been testing for the role since filming for Captain America: Civil War started last month, with many reporting that Butterfield was one of the major frontrunners. However, with no official confirmation from either Marvel or Sony, it looks like the casting process is a bit more problematic.
Now comes word that the Ender’s Game actor may not be under consideration anymore, and that Tom Holland (The Impossible), Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire), and Matthew Lintz (Pixels) are the new frontrunners for Spider-Man. It also appears that Marvel Studios and Sony are unable to come to an agreement as to who could play the webslinger.
Sony is zeroing in on a director for their brand new Spider-Man reboot. When we last reported on the news, the studio’s shortlist consisted of Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies, 50/50), Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite, Nacho Libre), Jason Moore (Pitch Perfect), Theodore Melfi (St. Vincent), and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (the Vacation reboot). That was just a few weeks ago, and now it appears that two of the directors are now in the running to helm the film.
A new report says that Levine and Melfi now top Sony’s shortlist of directors. It also says that the studio may settle on a new name that hasn’t appeared on the original shortlist. More on the story below.
The search for Spider-Man may be over according to a new rumor from none other than the Latino Review. According to them Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is your new webslinger. While he does look like he fits the high school profile that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is looking for, he isn’t necessarily the target age of 15 – 16 they wanted. That being said, Butterfield’s youth should be enough to keep the audience believing that he is a high schooler.
Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) supposedly had been the studios’ top choice to write and direct the reboot, but recently a list of possible directors up for the job was released by Deadline’s Mike Fleming Jr. and Goddard’s name is nowhere to be found. Instead it appears as if Marvel and Sony are on the hunt for someone who will bring a lighter touch to the proceedings because the list features the likes of Jonathan Levine, Jared Hess, Jason Moore, Theodore Melfi, and the team of John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Sony isn’t wasting any time tying their franchise superhero, Spider-Man, to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As we all know, Sony and Marvel made a deal earlier this year to share the webslinger, allowing him to play in the Marvel sandbox.
We are still very early in the pre-production phase as no one has been named director or has been cast as the titular character. Even The Spectacular Spider-Man title is unconfirmed. But a new rumor says that Sony and Marvel may have a new working title. Hit the jump for more.