Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield & Three More Shortlisted for 'Spider-Man'
It's been a couple months since Sony Pictures struck a deal with Marvel Studios to share the iconic superhero Spider-Man, allowing him to enter the Marvel cinematic universe while Sony creates yet another franchise featuring a new version of Peter Parker. The last substantial update on the Spider-Man front pegged Drew Goddard to write and direct what will be the first film in a new franchise, beginning on the big screen July 28th, 2017. Since then, we've learned that Spider-Man will definitely be Peter Parker (not Miles Morales), but we've had no indication as to who may play the webcrawler. That changed today.
The Wrap has learned that Sony and Marvel have narrrowed down their list to five prospects, and if you were hoping to see a non-white Spider-Man this time, even if he was still named Peter Parker, then you're not going to be happy. The five candidates for the new Spider-Man are Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars, Paper Towns), Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game, Hugo), Liam James (The Way Way Back, "The Killing"), Timothee Chalamet ("Homeland," Interstellar) and Tom Holland (The Impossible, In the Heart of the Sea). None of the actors have offers yet, but they're about to receive test offers next week with a decision likely to be made sometime in the next two to three weeks so casting can be in place before Captain America: Civil War starts shooting.
Honestly, the only candidate here that really interests me as Spider-Man is Asa Butterfield, but he's a far cry away from most of my previous choices that I hoped would be in the running (even though a couple of them are too old and were just fun ideas). Even beyond my suggestions though, there's plenty of other interesting actors who could pull off teenage Spider-Man. I would much rather have seen Shameik Moore (Dope) or Tyler James Williams ("The Walking Dead") in this role to mix things up. Anyway, hopefully one of these actors will work out and make fans happy to see Spider-Man again. Thoughts?