Less than two weeks ago, The Vampire’s Assistant co-star Josh Hutcherson was bubbling with excitement over making the shortlist for Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot. “I grew up loving the movies, so we’ll see,” he told Movieline. “It’d be an amazing movie to be a part of.”
But following a weekend report that implied his screen test wasn’t among those viewed by Sony executives, the 17-year-old actor doesn’t seem to know what’s going on. “It’s just rumors,” he told Vulture at a lunch for his current film The Kids Are All Right. “I know as much as everybody else does at this point.”
Hutcherson, long considered a frontrunner for the lead role, revealed that the screen test was pretty run of the mill: “No making out, no masks, no spandex. Pretty straight-forward. All I know is I went in and read. I felt good about it, but who knows. They have to see Peter Parker in me, so I have no idea.”
The report that cast doubt on Hutcherson’s chances came from Deadline’s Mike Fleming, who said that studio executives on Friday viewed screen tests by Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Logan Lerman and Alden Ehrenreich — all names we’ve seen before. Michael Angarano (Lords of Dogtown, Sky High) apparently also has emerged on the final list, but it was unclear whether he had tested.
However, Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News was quick to call Fleming’s reporting into question, noting that “He seems to be doubtful of screen tests even existing for some of the candidates on his list. So did Sony watch screen tests of all those names or not? And were there others watched before that day or more the next day? How many screen tests are shot and reviewed on a film like this? I’m betting a ton.”
Of course, now comes word from Blue Sky Disney’s source (via Collider) that viewing all of those screen tests only confirmed to studio executives that Hutcherson is, indeed, the right actor to play Peter Parker. Latino Review backs up the assertion, with George Roush writing that he’s “known Josh was the main guy for a while, but couldn’t report it.” So, take that for what it’s worth.
What we do know is that Spider-Man is set to open on July 3, 2012 — and that it seems likely Sony will announce its choice for the lead no later than Comic-Con.
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