On Saturday, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures reportedly screen-tested a handful of teenaged actors for the role of the next Spider-Man. Reports that Asa Butterfield was in final negotiations for part appear to be false, though the “Ender’s Game” star was one of the six who were in Atlanta for the recent tests according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Of the five names previously rumored to be on the studios’ shortlist, only Butterfield and Tom Holland were present for Saturday’s auditions. The others include Charlie Plummer (who appeared on “Boardwalk Empire”), Charlie Rowe (from Fox’s canceled “Red Band Society”), Matthew Lintz (who can be seen next to Adam Sandler this summer in “Pixels”), and Judah Lewis (who plays a young Johnny Utah in the upcoming “Point Break” remake).
The tests come after 1,500 actors were narrowed down to just these six as of about two weeks ago. Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal, and Joe and Anthony Russo were all present for the tests in Atlanta, where the Russo’s are currently filming “Captain America: Civil War.” The new Spider-Man is expected to make his first appearance in that film.
Age could play a major factor in Marvel and Sony’s final choice. The plan is to keep Peter Parker in high school for at least three solo films, and while it’s important the actor look the part, there’s also the question of legal working hours. Rowe is 19, with Butterfield and Holland both 18, but the rest of the hopefuls range from 14 to 16.
Regardless of how big a factor age plays in the final decision, a casting announcement is expect to be made as soon as early this week. After “Civil War,” the character will swing into a solo franchise, the first entry of which is currently scheduled for July 28, 2017.
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