I had a feeling today would be a good day! After a whole bunch of casting and narrowing the lists, Sony/Marvel in their partnered deal have chosen the next Spider-Man and Peter Parker actor: Tom Holland. Holland will bring the character to life once again on the big screen for a solo film set to release on July 28, 2017, which will be directed by Jon Watts. The dual announcement was made by Marvel just a minute ago on their official site:
Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.
Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
We’ve been waiting on this announcement for a while, knowing that they’d have to do so soon. Even though they make no mention of it in this press release, it’s been widely assumed that Spider-Man‘s first appearance in this new venture would be made in Captain America: Civil War, which is currently knee-deep into filming. If that’s still the case, it’s a good thing they’ve made their decision now.
Frankly speaking, I can’t say I feel one way or another about the casting. I don’t know Holland’s work that well. I can say that I’m happy to hear official news on the matter, and that I trust Marvel’s casting choices when it comes to these things. They play the long game, and have done excellent casting work so far on their properties. What do you guys think?