After a long and super-secretive casting process, Marvel Studios has announced the identity of the man taking over the role of Spider-Man from Andrew Garfield. It is in fact Tom Holland who will don the iconic red mask in the upcoming standalone Spidey film from Marvel, as well as make appearance in future Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-ins.
In an official statement released by Marvel, Holland, who has appeared The Impossible and Wolf Hall, was confirmed, citing how impressed the studio and producers were by both his previous work, and “a series of complex screen tests”. He is expected to debut the role in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War, and will definitely star in 2017’s new standalone Spider-Man film.
Furthermore, we now know who’s directing that as well. Jon Watts, the director of acclaimed incoming thriller Cop Car, is to take on the Spider-Man job.
“It’s a big day here at Sony”, said Tom Rothman, chairman of the studio. “Kevin [Feige], Amy [Pascal] 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”.
Marvel’s Kevin Feige added that “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”.
Spider-Man arrives in cinemas on 28 July 2017. We await the formal confirmation that the character will appear in Captain America: Civil War.