Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man

Director Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot for Sony finally has its Peter Parker in American-born British actor Andrew Garfield. The 26-year-old has scored the role of a lifetime ahead of a short list of young men that included bigger names such as Jamie Bell (“Billy Elliot”), Anton Yelchin (“Star Trek”), Josh Hutcherson (“Journey to the Center of the Earth”) and Aaron Johnson (“Kick-Ass”). Sony revealed the news at an international press conference in Cancun yesterday.

Webb, producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chair Amy Paschal and Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach all had comments about the critical casting choice praising Garfield’s talents.

Ziskin said: “We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb’s direction. We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen.”

Paschal and Tomach emphasized the importance of having a really strong acting talent in the role of Peter Parker.

“You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”

“The Social Network,” David Fincher’s Facebook drama, is Garfield’s next film, but he was previously seen in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” and has a leading role in Mark Romanek’s anticipated end-of-year film “Never Let Me Go.” He clearly has a knack for catching the eye of some of the best names in the business and has gotten to work alongside exceptional talent through much of his young career. He has the right combination of being an unknown but award-winning talent.

Although the news is big, it’s still incredibly early in the life of this new “Spider-Man” reboot. James Vanderbilt is still working on the script and the release date is not for just about two years exactly on July 3, 2012. That gives plenty of time for rumors to surface about Garfield’s supporting cast mates.


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