With news of an animated Spidey film hitting last night, changes are arriving quickly to Sony Pictures' biggest franchise star. Today, The Wrap reports that the studio has narrowed its search for a new live-action Spider-Man down to a few young leads.
Perhaps best known on the list of five actors is Asa Butterfield who starred in the sci-fi adaptation "Ender's Game" and in Martin Scorsese's "Hugo. Joining him in the running are "Interstellar" actor Timothee Chalamet, "The Fault In Our Stars" and upcoming "Paper Towns" star Nat Wolff, Tom Holland and Liam James.
The trade notes that at 20 years of age, Wolff is the oldest actor in consideration -- making a field well suited to portray a teenage Peter Parker over many films in the Marvel Studios slate. Apparently the plan is for "test offers" to go out to many actors in the weeks ahead to see who is willing to sign on for a multifilm run, and then the final choice will be made around three weeks from now.
The Wrap also notes that director Drew Goddard is still at the top of Sony's list to direct the movie. Goddard was previously attached to Spidey spinoff "The Sinister Six" and recently worked on Marvel's Netflix series "Daredevil."
But no matter how the particulars of the 2017 Spider-Man film work out, the character is expected to arrive first in Marvel Studios' upcoming "Captain America: Civil War" which begins filming soon. A Spidey actor needs to be in place by June when he'll be needed on the set of that film.
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