'Spider-Man' finds its new Peter Parker: Andrew Garfield
The studio announced Thursday afternoon that it had cast the 26-year-old star of the upcoming "Never Let Me Go" and "The Social Network" in one of the most closely scrutinized casting decisions in recent Hollywood history. Garfield also starred in "Lions for Lambs," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and the acclaimed British miniseries "Red Riding."
The fourth film in the series is planned to be a "Spider-Man" origin story that Sony earlier in the year said would focus on "a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises."
Sony, worried that a fourth film with original director Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire would be too costly, decided to scale back and reboot the series. The studio hired Marc Webb, the director of "(500) Days of Summer," to helm the project. It is due in theaters July 12, 2012.
"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,” Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures, said in a statement.
Among those said to be considered for the part were Josh Hutcherson ("The Kids are All Right"), Aaron Johnson ("Kick-Ass"), Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek") and Jamie Bell ("Billy Elliot").
-- John Horn
Photo: Andre Garfield in "Boy A." Credit: The Weinstein Company
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