Logan Lerman NOT Actually the Frontrunner for Spider-Man
Back in February, we passed on reporting rumors about Logan Lerman meeting with Sony to potentially be cast as your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler in the Spider-Man reboot. Shortly after the news swept the web, it was squashed by THR just as quickly. At the time, the news had hit a bit too soon since the studio hadn't even closed a deal with director Marc Webb yet, but now the exact same casting rumor is back with a vengeance as HitFix has learned exclusively from their source that is apparently close to the production that Lerman is "almost 100% locked" to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in at least three forthcoming movies.
If this is true, Lerman will have beat out other mentioned big actors like Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Fugit and Johnny Simmons. And if the film (written by James Vanderbilt) will be taking cues from the Ultimate Spider-Man comics as it has been reported previously, then Lerman, who is the right age and has already led a big budget film (Percy Jackson & the Olympians) seems like the best choice (at least from the top list) to take on the arcs of Spider-Man that not only deal with his action-packed clashes with super-villains, but his teen angst as an average high school kid endowed with superpowers. This will differ from the struggles of Sam Raimi's development of Peter Parker who only seemed to remain in high school for plot progression's sake before he was off to college in Spider-Man 2, and swing dancing school in Spider-Man 3.
And honestly, as far as talent goes, Lerman seemed like he was holding back in Percy Jackson. For most of the problems in that film, I blame Chris Columbus for making what could have been darker, grittier material into such a blatant attempt at family fare that scaled down the impact of a lot of different character building plot points (mainly Percy's angst with his mother's decision to stay with his drunken step-father). But with Marc Webb at the helm to turn this twisted mess of an angst-ridden teen into a superhero, rather than try to make a superhero have the woes of an everyday teen, we're in for a different Spidey as a more grounded superhero, which in the case of a huge reboot, seems like the right decision. So what do you guys think?
Update: It's not true - rumor debunked! Deadline has confirmed with Sony that Logan Lerman is NOT in consideration to play Spider-Man, at all. "In fact, these sources were very definitive in denying the story, and were sure that Lerman was 100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered." So there you go, nothing to be worried about, Lerman is not the "Spider-Boy" that they're going to use in this new movie. It was all just a casting rumor that got debunked, time to move on and stop arguing. Let's take this stuff seriously next time guys. So who else is a good candidate instead?