19 Year Old Tom Holland Selected To Be The Next Spider-Man

19 Year Old Tom Holland Selected To Be The Next Spider-Man


Jay Cochran - June 23, 2015
Today Marvel and Sony officially announced that 19 year old actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) has been selected to play the next Peter Paker/Spider-Man in Sony's next Spider-Man film which will be released in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The movie will be directed by Jon Watts. There was no word in the announcement as to which Marvel Studio's movie Holland will debut in, though most believe it will be Captain America: Civil War which opens in theater on May 16, 2016, over a year before the Spider-Man movie is released. Here is the official announcement:

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of Cop Car, the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

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 Hollandís performances in The Impossible, ďWolf Hall,Ē and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvelís 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, ďItís a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and thatís why their results are so outstanding. Iím confident Spider-Man will be no exception. Iíve 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 Tomís screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.Ē

Feige commented, ďAs with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.Ē

Pascal added, ďSony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, weíve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Manís story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.Ē

Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

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