Casting News: Spider-Man

Published on July 2nd, 2010

Who is Andrew Garfield? that is the question a lot of us where asking last night when we found out that Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have officially announced that the 26-year-old British actor Andrew Garfield is going to be Spider-Man.

spidermanIMDB shows he was in such film’s as Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (which is now number#1 on my netflix queue) he was also in a few episode of Dr Who (Evolution of the Daleks,Daleks in Manhattan) I don’t recall seeing him in those episodes and  I know his next project that is due to hit theaters  is David Fincher’s  upcoming film The Social Network.

I was hoping they would go a bit young then 26 years old and I was hoping they where going the way of the Harry Potter films did with a very young cast and then watch them grow older in front of our eyes.  I guess we have sometime before Spider-Man hits theaters so it should give us Comic fans some homework to do before we find out what Mr. Garfield can do as Spider-Man / Peter Parker. For more check out the official press release.

Official Press Release
CULVER CITY, Calif., July 1, 2010 – After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Today’s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.

The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.

On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, “Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. 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.”

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Producer Avi Arad added, “I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.”

Producer Laura Ziskin said, “We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb’s direction. We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen.”

The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment. B-roll footage of the announcement will be available via satellite later this evening — see uplink times coordinate information below.

There you go it is official Spider-Man has been cast. Before I go I just want to say every time I hear his name I think of Garfield the cat.

Simon Daoudi
Simon@ComicImpact.com