Shortlist for Spider-Man: Josh Hutcherson, Jamie Bell & More
With screenwriter Alvin Sargent putting the finishing touches on the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise from director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), the casting process to find the new webslinger is in full swing (see what I did?) and Heat Vision has the latest on the shortlist for some of the fine young actors in the running. From the age range of the actors it's clear Webb is going for a younger actor to take on a Peter Parker that will be in high school dealing with knowledge that his uncle died even though he had the power to stop it. That and his DNA has transformed to give him spider-like abilities. So who is in the running?
Let's go through the candidates from youngest to oldest. First there's Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth, Bridge to Terabithia) a name that's been thrown around a bit previously, who's the youngest, but most experienced, actor in the running at 17 years-old. Since his family friendly fantasy fare, he's also got a role in the Red Dawn remake and apparently puts on a great performance in the Sundance film The Kids Are All Right. Also on the teenage end there's Frank Dillane, a 19 year-old British actor who played a younger version of Tom Riddle (aka Lord Voldemort) in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. Sure it was a small role, but Robert Pattinson got killed by Voldemort in Goblet of Fire before becoming a sparkly, swooned-over vampire.
There's a handful of actors in their 20's including Alden Ehrenreich, who was discovered by Steven Spielberg after he saw the young actor in a comedy video at a bat mitzvah of his daughter's friend. Talk about the right place at the right time. He caught a big break by starring in Francis Ford Coppola's film Tetro from last year. Then the oldest actor in the line-up, at 27 years-old, is Andrew Garfield who has already worked with some impressive directors like Terry Gilliam in the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and David Fincher in the forthcoming Facebook centric film The Social Network.
However, my personal favorite name on the shortlist is Jamie Bell (King Kong, Defiance). The 24 year-old Brit has quite an acting background, and I think his performances have been more impressive and extensive than the rest of the actors (aside from Hutcherson) combined. From an inspired performance as a kid in Billy Elliot, to a fun role in Jumper, and plenty of drama with Defiance, he definitely has the acting chops. And no doubt that his most recent special effects heavy work with Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson as the title intrepid reporter in the forthcoming Adventures of Tintin franchise gives him quite an edge.
Of course until we get an official announcement from Columbia, we'll hear more and more names just like when Captain America was still going through its long and arduous casting process. As a matter of fact, Heat Vision even points out that a studio spokesperson said, "There have been a number of names floated online and almost every week, someone calls with a new rumor. We are not commenting on the casting process or rumors such as these." So what do you think of this casting line-up for Spider-Man?