It's official, Sony and Marvel have found their new Spiderman, and a director to go with him! Tom Holland is set to don the red and blue spandex costume as the next version of Spidey, with Jon Watts onboard to direct. Holland was one of the original front-runners in contention for the character, along with actors like Charlie Rowe, Asa Butterfield and Matthew Lintz.
However he is said to have given impressive screen tests which ultimately proved the final step in sealing the deal, with Tom Rothman, the Sony Motion Pictures Group Chairman stating; "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." Holland is young enough to fit the 14 - 18-year-old bill that both Sony and Marvel agreed upon for the webslinger, but also at 19 is likely able to handle the heavy workload a franchise like this entails.
And it seems he is capable of holding his own with the likes of Robert Downey Junior and Chris Evans, whom he reportedly screen-tested with before being flown out to the set of Captain America: Civil War (2016) earlier this month. The young star certainly has a history of giving great performances, with a phenomenally powerful and moving portrayal in 2012 film The Impossible, alongside Ewan McGreggor and Naomi Watts, and is soon to be seen in the Ron Howard directed In The Heart of the Sea (2015).
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