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Official: Andrew Garfield is SPIDER-MAN

Plus: COWBOYS & ALIENS, BATMAN, X-MEN and more!

By Rob M. Worley     July 02, 2010
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Official: Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man. Plus: More Cowboys & Aliens casting. More Batman script talk. More X-Men mutant rumors! Gearing up to blow its fingers off, it's your Comics2Film 10.7.2!

 

 

 

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Andrew Garfield Announced as SPIDER-MAN

SPIDER-MAN: Marc Web and Andrew Garfield

After several months of speculation and wild rumors, Columbia Pictures has officially announced that actor Andrew Garfield has been cast in the lead role of Spider-Man.

Garfield was apparently alerted to the news just prior to a press event where producers Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad and director Marc Webb introduced him to a crowd of gathered journalists.

"Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker," said Webb, reading a prepared statement at the event.

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, "Spider-Man is a classic superhero -- a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. 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."

Garfield rose to prominence in the film Boy A and was seen last year in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. He'll also be seen in David Fincher's new movie The Social Network. At 27 years old, Garfield may be too old to play a high-school age Peter Parker, as has been the plan for the movie. Word is that they may be tweaking the film for a college setting.

"I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield," said Arad. "In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future."

Producer Laura 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."

Spider-Man is slated to go into production in December for a 3D release on July 3, 2012. Webb is directing from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.

Check out this video from the announcement:

 

What do you think, Maniacs? Are you happy with the announcement? Now let's speculate on the villain! Post your comments below...

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scoxocs 7/2/2010 5:44:57 AM

So 28 by the time they film.  A possible trilogy 6-8 years.... he'll be 35 or so.  I thought they were going younger.

manjisan 7/2/2010 5:49:40 AM

"In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer."

Yeah, inspire us to write something better than your studio usury, laugh at your idiotic ideas, cry at the shame you bring to the tradition of SM, and cheer at the bottoming out of ticket sales due to said douchebagery. Arad, you suck!

animefanjared 7/2/2010 5:52:25 AM

I'm glad they've finally made an official announcement about the casting of Peter Parker, because all of the speculation was really becoming tiring.  However, I do have to question thier choice.  I know nothing about Andrew Garfield as an actor, but I can say that he doesn't look like a teenager and will be hard to pass off as one (although they pass people in their late 20s off as high schoolers all the time on TV). 

Garfield may well prove to be a great Peter Parker, but I thought the whole point of this (unnecessary) reboot was to do a high school take on the character.  If they change the setting to college, I don't see how different it's going to be from Raimi's first film.  Considering the fact that we all remember said film and that most people don't really want to see ANOTHER Spider-Man origin film, I would just as soon have them make the new movie Spider-Man 4 and set it in the continuity of the other films. 

Well, maybe it should stay Spider-Man 3D and we can pretend all that Venom nonsense never happened ;-)

lusiphur 7/2/2010 5:56:00 AM

By casting a bit older, they have an opportunity to go away from the reboot scenario and, perhaps, continue with the continuity that Raimi has established.  You've recast Spider-Man.  You'll have a new Mary Jane.  But the supporting cast of all three films was excellent.  They could return and support the new cast and save some culture shock for the viewers in the process.  At least keep JK Simmons.  The man was born to play J Jonah Jameson.

timesobserver 7/2/2010 6:11:45 AM

I guess it would be too much to ask for an actual teen-ager to play a teenaged Peter Parker, but I'm sure they wanted someone a bit older so the Twilight girls have someone they can dreamily stare at.

While I would have preferred someone younger, I will give him a try though.

 

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monkeyfoot 7/2/2010 6:13:46 AM

Animefanjared, I agree with you 100%.  I loved the Raimi films but I always felt the high school years were an opportunity missed in them. They made up such a large part of the beginning of the character and allowed for alot of similar aged moviegoers to identify with him and his trials. If they insisted on a reboot, I thought the high school era would be great...And now...what's the point?

Agreed, I don't know anything about Garfield and I'm sure he's great. Also Marc Webb's take on Spidey may end up being brilliant. But again - with the older college age casting -what's was the frakkin' point!?!

Garfield also looks awfully tall and lanky, too. My vision of the character was more of a Tobey MacGuire/Elijah Wood sized guy.

Oh, well. We'll see what we'll see.

jfdavis 7/2/2010 6:20:42 AM

I said when his name was announced and his picture was shown that he looked most like Peter to me but I acknowledged his age didn't make him a good high schooler.  I think he's only a year younger than Toby was when he started, if that.  Maybe they will just continue the story with a new cast ala Batman Forever, etc.  Especially if the Lizard rumors are true.  I think the Peter/ MJ relationship needs a reboot but I hope they do skip the Spider Origin...

Wiseguy 7/2/2010 7:07:21 AM

I'm surprised too. They've been saying all along they were going younger, guess they meant younger than Tobey but roughly the same age Tobey was when he was first cast.

I would've rathered almost any of the other rumored names all of which were much younger. Anyway, I hope this cat is as good as some reports claim, we'll see.

Darkknight2280 7/2/2010 7:34:11 AM

Yeah not so sure abotu the age...but his look is right on for peter parker/spiderman...hes tall and gangly and spider like...klinda how they have been drawning spiderman as of late. Now what we have to worry about is..the costume. You know they are going to change it. Lets hope its VERY subtle changes!

wessmith1966 7/2/2010 7:38:48 AM

I agree with the comments above about the kid being too old. So is this a reboot now? Or is Peter going back to college? I'm actually disappointed that this isn't a reboot. As much as I ejoyed Raimi's movies I always felt he moved Peter out of high school much too soon. Some of the best early SM tales had as much, if not more, to do with his life in high school than his adventures in the suit. I was really hoping that Webb would delve into that more.

Now they can probably skip doing the origin, which is fine by me, and go straight into the story. If they want to touch on the origin they could easily show it during the opening credits like Incredible Hulk.

 

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