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'Kick-Ass' star Aaron Johnson on the short list for Spider-Man reboot

June 11, 2010 | 12:13 pm

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EXCLUSIVE: Since it was announced back in the winter, some have hoped/worried that Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot will go in a "Kick-Ass" direction, a not unreasonable thought given multiple parallels between the two stories as well as the warm reception (if not exactly hot box office) that greeted "Kick-Ass."

Could it now go that way literally?

You can add two names to the growing list of (very early) candidates for the young Peter Parker, and one of them is Aaron Johnson, who played the titular nerd-hero in "Kick-Ass," sources say.

Johnson, who for months has been the subject of relentless online speculation about his suitability for the part, would indeed in many ways make an appropriate choice. His role in "Kick-Ass" saw him as a seemingly ordinary teenager transformed into a superhero, much in the way of Parker's Spider-Man. Of course, the analogy is also off in several key ways: Johnson was a fake superhero, not a real one, and his star in the film was eclipsed by Chloe Moretz's Hit-Girl.

The second actor to make his way on to the shortlist of the Sony film, according to sources, is Anton Yelchin, who has been coming on strong since his 2009 double-whammy of "Star Trek" and "Terminator Salvation."

Yelchin would have his champions too. His supporting role as Chekov in "Star Trek" didn't leave a deep impression, but he did steal the show as Kyle Reese in "Terminator Salvation."

Both of the new names are a bit more prominent than the actors who have previously surfaced. That list includes "Billy Elliot" star Jamie Bell, "Harry Potter" actor Frank Dillane, "The Kids Are All Right" costar Josh Hutcherson and up-and-comers Alden Ehrenreich and Andrew Garfield.

Of course, just the fact that these actors are being considered means little in practice. Over the last few months, director Marc Webb has canvassed a wide group of young actors with the aim of seeing which one he and and the studio should anoint to take the role previously filled by Tobey Maguire. Screen testing is expected to start shortly. And the hue and cry over whether the right choice was made will follow shortly after that.

-- Steven Zeitchik

http:/Twitter.com/ZeitchikLAT

Photo: Aaron Johnson (center) in "Kick-Ass." Credit: Lionsgate



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sony and webb if you're expanding list to include johnson and yelchin why not give logan lerman a shot, he's the fan favorite

i think anton yelchin. i disagree. i thought he was weak in T4 but that he stole every scene he was in in star trek. he's a decent actor. the problem with aaron johnson is he's already in another comic book franchise and kick-ass 2 has already been confirmed.

"Logan Lerman....he's the fan favorite..." According to whom?

Rumor has it that Jamie Bell's already got the part.

Andrew Garfield would be amazing. He's by far the best actor, has substance, yet he's crush-worthy too!

All of these choices are terrible.

Get JGL or Logan Lerman

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Anton Yelchin is disgusting

watch your language


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