Tom Holland, 19, has been cast as Peter Parker for Captain America: Civil War and his new solo Spider-Man film. His performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and upcoming film In The Heart of the Sea, impressed both studios and producers as well as his screen tests.
“Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” – Amy Pascal, Sony Executive, via Marvel.
Directing the solo Spider-Man film is Jon Watts, who recently directed Cop Car and Clown. He also went through several meetings before being picked as the director.
“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.” – Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman.
“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.” – adds Kevin Feige.
The solo Spider-Man film is expected to hit theaters July 28, 2017 in IMAX and 3D. Spider-Man is expected to be in Captain America: Civil War, which hits theaters next year.
(News via Marvel.com)