Tom Holland Lands "Spider-Man" Lead Role

Tom Holland has landed the titular role in "Spider-Man," making him the latest actor to pick up the web shooters and the first to do so within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Relative newcomer Jon Watts ("Cop Car") has also been announced to direct the 2017 "Spider-Man" film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland will appear as a teenage Peter Parker in "Captain America: Civil War" as well as his own self-titled film in 2017. There have been longstanding rumors that the new Spider-Man would appear in the star-studded "Civil War" film. Variety reports that Spider-Man will only cameo in the film. However, the Marvel.com announcement makes no mention of Spider-Man's "Civil War" appearance.

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"As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in the official announcement. "We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring."

Holland competed against several other actors for the role, including Asa Butterfiled, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. He was selected after stealth test-screening in Atlanta on May 30, which took place with Feige, "Spider-Man" producer Amy Pascal and "Civil War" directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Yesterday, Holland posted a trio of videos to his Instagram account, demonstrating that he's taken the time to perfect jump flips in preparation for the role.

Holland's past credits include "The Impossible," a tsunami drama in which he played Naomi Watts' son, and "Wolf Hall." He takes over the role from Andrew Garfield, who appeared in Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Tobey Maguire originally wore the mask for Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" film trilogy.

"Spider-Man" is scheduled to open on July 28, 2017.

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