Back when I watched the very fine disaster thriller The Impossible I noticed what a fine young actor Tom Holland was, and thought that he may have a great future ahead of him, though the role of Peter Parker aka Spiderman was not one that immediately came to mind. However, the 19 year old actor, who was also in the TV series Wolf Hall and the stage version of Billy Elliott playing the title role, has just been announced as the new Spidey. There have been much discussion, plus many rumours, with Asa Butterfield, Charlie Rowe and Matthew Lintzabout supposedly in the running, who would play the webslinger after Marvel made a deal with Sony in February to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Said producer Amy Pascal:
“Sony, 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, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe”.
Holland follows in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. After loving Maguire, I never warmed to Garfield’s Spiderman [his Parker wasn’t geeky enough, for a start], even if he’s a better actor than Maguire, but then I wasn’t too keen on Garfield’s Spiderman films either. I don’t really know why they started all over again with the series when they could have just carried it on with a different actor in the lead role like in the James Bond series. Holland’s first appearance as the character will probably be in Captain America: Civil War, but a standalone film will follow, and Sony have announced that it will be directed by Jon Watts, who helmed a film named Cop Car [no, I haven’t heard of it either, but it apparently earnesd rave reviews at Sundance]. Said Sony chairman Tom Rothman:
“I’ve 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 Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start”.
Holland can soon be seen in the Moby Dick-inspired drama In The Heart Of The Sea with Chris Hemsworth and Cilian Murphy.