After much speculation of who the next Spider-Man will be, the billion-dollar franchise finally has a new lead. Andrew Garfield has been cast in the role of Peter Parker, and the studios are very confident that this guy has got what it takes.
Amy Pascal, co-chairmen of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures, commented, “You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man,” continuing, “we have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”
Though he’s a relatively new actor on the scene, his credits speak for themselves. The young actor has had roles in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions For Lambs, and his most significant part hasn’t even hit the theatres yet. Garfield stars in David Fincher’s new much anticipated movie about Facebook titled The Social Network opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake.
As the young actor has already worked with some of the biggest names in the industry, it should be taken as a true testament that Garfield has some real talent. He’s starred alongside names like Heath Ledger, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, and worked with greatly respected directors such as Spike Jonze.
The director of the new Spider-Man movie, Marc Webb, had nothing but good things to say about Garfield, commenting “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
The next instalment of the Spider-Man series is scheduled to begin production in early December and will hit theatres in 3D on July 3, 2011.
Making it official, Columbia Pictures has set a May 25th, 2012 release date for the third film, reports E! Online.
Currently Will Smith is on board for the third installment of the series. Also, deals have been struck with director Barry Sonnenfeld, executive producer Steven Spielberg, screenwriter David Koep, and producers Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald.
Although his deal hasn’t been sealed yet, the studio is in “advanced negotiations” with Tommy Lee Jones to return as Agent Kay, reports E! Online.
Keeping up with the trend in Hollywood, Men in Black 3 will be shot in 3D.
Also scheduled to hit theatres around the same time are The Avengers, Star Trek 2, Spider-Man, and Batman 3.