Deadline is reporting that Sony's Columbia Pictures is close to casting Peter Parker. Friday, studio decision-makers viewed the screen tests of most of the young actors that are supposedly in contention to play your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. The Marc Webb directed reboot is scheduled to hit the big screen in July of 2012
Of the eight actors, six screen tested and they are:
Jamie Bell (King Kong, Jumper)
Anton Yelchin (Star Trek)
Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass)
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network),
Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)
Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro)
It is not known if Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince) and Michael Angerano (Lords of Dogtown) have screen tested. Supposedly Dillane is going to London’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and chose not to test.
The studio wants to get their choice nailed down soon so supporting actors can begin to be cast as well. Production will begin before the year ends. The script by Jamie Vanderbilt is still being worked on, and (500) Days of Summer director Marc Webb is gearing up for a 3D shoot.
Other actors, namely Josh Hutcherson, have been on other lists. Deadline did not comment on his status whatsoever.
GG's Opinions: Well if Josh Hutcherson is out of the league to play as the new Spidey for the reboot, then I consider either Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Anton Yelchin, or Michael Angerano. Sorry, I don't think Logan Lerman is right for the role and Frank Dillane just looks too young and looks nothing like Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Thankfully Donald Glover (click here for more info) isn't considered to play Spidey. Not just because he's black, well hey I'm mexican and half native american but I wouldn't like to see a Mexican or Indian Spidey (if they want to go with that, then they should make a "Spider-Man 2099" movie, now that would be awesome!). It's just I don't think he's a really good actor, and for this movie I want a strong performance out of the actor, with some passion into it. I just want the studio to stick true to the source material as much as possible and that's it. And all fans would agree too, so they're not going to achieve that if they took a whole different turn and confuse everyone. Even if Spidey was black, I still don't want Donald as him. I mean c'mon, it's like having a white guy playing as the Black Panther, or a white guy playing as Blade, or a white woman playing as Storm. It just doesn't work like that. Yeah it worked for the Kingpin being black in the "Daredevil" movie, but that's because it makes a lot of sense and I wasn't much bothered by that. Sure, they made Nick Fury black in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, and most likely the rest of those movies until it leads up to "The Avengers" movie. But that happened in the comics, but not in the same mainstream continuity, but it happened in one of the comic series and now the movie studios are sticking with and that's not a big problem to me. And Spider-Man has always been my favorite, and I always want them to stay true to the comics. Call me a racist or whatever, but I'm sticking to my point and it's my freedom of speech. I just don't think that's right. Well I took enough space in this message already. That's all I have to say for now.
~ Gobbie's Out! ~