The identity of the new Spider-Man has finally been released. This time round, Tom Holland, a 19 year old British actor, will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next film, in theatres July 2017. Who is Tom Holland, other than the next Spider-Man, you ask? Well, he is known for having played the title role for Billy Elliot the Musical in London. He has also performed in “The Impossible,” and “Wolf Hall”. Marvel and Sony Pictures, as well as producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal were impressed by Holland’s performances, as well as his screen tests. In an extensive search for the Spider-Man star, a few actors were put through rigorous screen test with Avenger’s star Robert Downey Jr.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel and Sony saw more than 1500 actors and finally narrowed down the 6 most promising actors for the role. The 6 were flown to Atlanta for tests, where marvel is currently producing Captain America: Civil War. Strangely enough, the new Spider-Man will first appear in Civil War, and later move on to headline his own trilogy. Robert Downey Jr., the face of the famous Iron Man also will appear in Civil War. He will be sharing some scenes with Spidey, and so the shortlisted actors had to participate in screen tests with him as well. The producers looked closely for chemistry between Downey Jr., and the Spider-Man potentials, until finally, Tom Holland and Charlie Rowe were the two main contenders to the role. While the actors also tested with Chris Evans (Captain America) , the one to impress was Downey Jr., who remains to be the linchpin of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After the second round of screen-testing, Holland came out ahead, and was chosen as the next Spider-Man.
It is interesting to note that Holland is only 19 years old. The producers choose to go with a young Spider-Man for once, so that the Peter Parker character would truly look like he was in high school. It’s hard to image Robert Downey Jr., who became an Avenger in his 40’s playing Iron Man at the young age of 19. Similarly, Chris Evans was casted as Captain America in his 30’s.
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Nonetheless, Holland shows much promise, and will be signed for at least three movies, as well as his brief role in Civil War. All in all, we are looking forward to this Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios collaboration, and can’t wait for the 2017 release!