There has been a sort of excitement surrounding the cast for the upcoming Spider-Man movie as it, understandably, has been sparking periodical rumours online. Now, it seems like we will be nearing the end of the rumour-mongering as several insiders revealed that Marvel Studios is ready to choose an actor who could play the webslinger.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 6 shortlisted young actors were subjected to a “secretive, all-day screen-testing process” on Saturday (30th May) in Atlanta. They are Tom Holland, Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer, and Charlie Rowe. Marvel is expected to make the final decision soon based on their performance.
Holland appeared in the 2012 disaster film, “The Impossible”, while Butterfield has made appearances in “Hugo” and “Ender’s Game”. Lewis and Lintz will be taking up their respective roles in the upcoming drama, “Demolition” and the “Pixels” movie. Plummer and Rowe have made their presences known through the small screen, as Plummer had a recurring gig on HBO’s “Boardwalk Empire” while Rowe appeared on Fox’s “Red Band Society”.
A worldwide search was launched, with 1,500 hopefuls from around the world auditioning, but only the 6 aforementioned up-and-coming actors made it to the final round. The decision was made in the last 2 weeks or so. The final 6 were flown to Atlanta for screen tests, which, coincidentally, is where “Captain America: Civil War” is currently being filmed. This is not surprising, considering that the superhero equipped with spidey-sense will be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in the Captain America movie.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, was spotted at the tests alongside “Spider-Man” producer Amy Pascal and “Captain America: Civil War” directors, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo. Though a result is expected to be made early this week, another source from Marvel warned that “there is a slim chance that Marvel won’t like any of the choices and could keep looking”.
Earlier in February, news leaked online that Dylan O’Brien and Logan Lerman were eyed by Sony to play the webslinger. Then, a week later, The Wrap debunked those speculations when they stated that there was a “95% chance” that the next Spider-man was going to be from the Latin or Africa-America descent, definitely “not white”. In April, another contradictory report was released, stating that Butterfield, Holland, Nat Wolff, Timothee Chalamet, and Liam James, amongst others, have been shortlisted to take up the coveted role, with Butterfield rumoured to be Marvel’s top choice.
Marvel and Sony Pictures have plans to expand the upcoming “Spider-Man” movies into a trilogy and incorporate it into the Marvel Cinematic Universe at the same time. A younger actor is preferable as the studios have expressed their interest to send the character back to high school.
Who do you prefer out of the 6 shortlisted actors? Do you think they will be able to make it as Spider-Man, or will the studios continue searching? Sound off in the comments box below.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter