Jon Watts to Direct Tom Holland in New 'Spider-Man' Movie for Sony
The new Spider-Man has been chosen. Deadline has confirmed that the new Peter Parker, following Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, has been cast. Sony has decided upon 19-year-old actor Tom Holland to star as the new Spidey, and they've set Jon Watts to direct. Watts is still an up-and-comer and many may not recognize his name, but he's the filmmaker behind Cop Car, a Sundance midnight film that we enjoyed - see the trailer here; he also directed the film Clown previously and a number of "The Onion News Network" episodes. Holland was on the shortlist for actors under consideration, along with Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. This seems like he might be the best choice.
Our last update before this on Sony's next new Spider-Man movie identified Drew Goddard as the potential frontrunner to write and direct. However, that seems to have changed with Jon Watts landing the directing gig in the end. This is a similar path that The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb took, landing the big job of bringing Spidey to the big screen after breaking out with his Sundance hit 500 Days of Summer. This next Spider-Man movie is currently being scheduled for release on July 28th, 2017 in two years time. There are also rumors that Spidey, meaning Tom Holland, may show up in Marvel Studios movies before his next solo outing for Sony. For now, apparently the choices were just made and "deals are being finalized."
As much as I was hoping they might consider using Miles Morales for this next Spidey, it doesn't seem like that's going to be in the cards for a while. But that was expected. I'm not particularly excited for this new Spider-Man yet and it will all come down to how different it is this time. The good news is that Cop Car is a fun movie, and hopefully that bodes well for this new Spider-Man. We'll keep an eye out for more updates.