Spider-Man Casting Decision Expected Next Week; Finalists Emerge

The casting bonanza for the new Spider-Man—who will appear in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a new standalone franchise for Sony—hasn’t been as widespread or varied as some expected, but it has been a little hectic. Finally, though, it appears that things are nearing the home stretch, as a final decision on who will follow Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield as the new webslinger is now expected next week. The first crop of young actors who emerged on the shortlist were Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), and Liam James (The Way, Way Back). Then, reports swirled that Marvel and Sony had narrowed their search down to Butterfield and Holland, with the former having the edge as the “frontrunner”. Most recently, a rumor surfaced that Butterfield was about to enter negotiations for the role, but that was quickly rebuffed by a number of trade reporters. Image via ABC So where does that leave us? Well today, THR reports, Marvel and Sony screen-tested the finalists for the role and that crop of contenders is as follows: the aforementioned Butterfield and Holland, as well as Charlie Rowe (Red Band Society), Matthew Lintz (Pixels), Charlie Plummer (Boardwalk Empire), and Judah Lewis (a newcomer who appears in the upcoming Demolition and Point Break). The tests took place in Atlanta, where Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War is currently in production. This new Spider-Man will make his debut appearance in Civil War, with his scenes shooting ...

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May 31, 2015