Yay! It’s yet another Cup O’ Tea post, when it comes to casting an iconic American comic book character – because nothing says ‘good, clean, wholesome, wise-cracking webslinging superhero’ than a Brit in the role of Spider-Man!
marvel.com are reporting that after a lengthy casting process – and numerous names passing through the offices for a chat – co-producers Kevin Feige (Marvel Studios) and Amy Pascal (Sony Pictures) have finally landed their new webcrawler: Kingston-upon-Thames born TOM HOLLAND!
Who, I hear you ask? It’s a fair question.
The 19-year-old actor was first discovered performing at a dance school and, after two years of intense training, made his debut as Michael in Billy Elliott: The Musical – those limber manoeuvres may have been a big contributing factor to pulling off those distinctive arachnid poses in what Marvel are describing as ‘a series of complex screen tests’. Don’t worry, though, Holland also has some dramatic acting chops under his belt, with performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall and the upcoming In The Heart Of The Sea, directed by Ron Howard, a guy who doesn’t exactly hire chimps for his movies.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, says in the release, “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 / Marvel have also selected their director for the film, Jon Watts, continuing Fiege‘s principles of finding new and fresh voices to helm their projects. Watt’s is a CV that hasn’t even warranted him his own wikipedia page as yet, and is known primarily for his work on the Onion News Network, the 2014 Eli Roth-produced chiller-thriller Clown and the critically acclaimed Cop Car, starring Kevin Bacon, which made its debut at Sundance Festival earlier this year. Nope, we’ve never heard of them – or him – either.
Fiege says, in the Marvel release, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Sir, we’ll just have to take your word on it.
The as-yet-untitled film is pencilled in for a 28th July, 2017 release, giving the pair plenty of time to get everything hammered into shape for this massive production. Here’s fingers crossed that the end result is more Spider-Man 2 than The Amazing Spider-Man 2.