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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:
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