Josh Hutcherson Cast as Spider-Man, Villain May Be Lizard?
There's a very big rumor going around today that actor Josh Hutcherson has fully landed the role of Peter Parker in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot. The news comes from Blue Sky Disney, which seems a bit odd, but they state: "word from my Bothans is that Sony has settled on Journey to the Center of the Earth's Josh Hutcherson as the newly, high school bound Peter Parker." Apparently the execs "decided that Hutcherson was the right fit for the role and an offer was made and has been accepted." Can we believe that or is still too early to tell? Blue Sky usually has solid Disney scoops, but I'm not sure if I'm totally sold on this. Read on!
To make things even more confusing about casting, ComingSoon actually spoke directly with Hutcherson recently and he totally played off this new like it was still far from ever becoming official. "I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it's an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I'm up against." When asked if he's still a top contender, this was answer: "I really don't know what's going on with everything right now… It would be an honor to play that role, it's a big thing, it's a total game changer." Indeed it would be. We don't know how old that interview is compared to Blue Sky's report, but it would certainly be interesting to see Hutcherson, currently age 17, as the new Peter Parker.
Oh and you're wondering about the villain? Well, at the end of their story about Hutcherson, Blue Sky also dropped this little tidbit: "Now I wonder who'll be cast as the Lizard? Whoops, I mean, the villain…" If we are to believe that they're source is correct about Hutcherson, it sounds like they may have also heard that the villain will be Lizard in this, which may make sense considering Dr. Connors was one of his professors and this takes place mainly focused on him in high school. Then again, this could just be a left over rumor from the nixed fourth Spider-Man. For now, take this news with a grain of salt until Sony fully confirms it.