Josh Hutcherson Cast as Spider-Man, Villain May Be Lizard?

June 30, 2010
Source: Blue Sky Disney

Josh Hutcherson / Spider-Man

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.

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Hutcherson kind of annoys me and hasn't really impressed me with any acting "skills". But i'll wait and see on this one.

Cmurder on Jun 30, 2010


It's sad to say, but the more I hear, about this reboot (hate that term), the less I care.

Dave Lister, J.M.C. on Jun 30, 2010


this is pretty sad. i really have no faith in this kids acting abilities, maybe he will amaze me...but i don't believe he will. i also am starting to care less and less about this movie.

ben chacko on Jun 30, 2010


Who is this kid? Why even bother making a reboot anyways.

SillySil on Jun 30, 2010


The Lizard? But Raimi wanted to use the Lizard, and Sony said "no". If they're going to let the un-tested NEW guy use the Lizard, then what's the point of them doing a reboot?

DRM on Jun 30, 2010


agree with 2 and 3. ...500 days of summer was good though...

John Stamos on Jun 30, 2010


Ugh, this kid is annoying. I'm slowly losing all faith in this project.

FancyMonocle on Jun 30, 2010


I'm willing to give Josh Hutcherson and Marc Webb a chance.

almartva on Jun 30, 2010


Oh..gosh those stupids SONY┬┤s executive....poor spidey...

Sakyo on Jun 30, 2010


I enjoy Marc Webb's directing abilities so as of right now thats what I'm really excited for. And,for those of us not excited to see this guy cast as Spider-Man.....well what can we do? Nothing. Just bitch and moan (and not go see the movie :P). I'll still go see it because it is Spider-Man but I'm really hoping that Sony learned from its mistakes with SM3 and really ups the ante here. Please don't mess this up Sony!!!!

Cinephile on Jun 30, 2010


sweet i'm hoping the villain is the lizard it would interesting to see how he looks

Duck on Jun 30, 2010


Oh and just a sidebar, but who here would want to play Spider-Man? I know I would!

Cinephile on Jun 30, 2010


Dear God, no.

Risk on Jun 30, 2010


This spiderman reboot is being downgraded big time

styno on Jun 30, 2010


@5 -- Couldn't agree more. That was the first thing that I thought when I saw it in the title of the article. Glad Maguire is out. Glad Dunst is out. Really wish that Raimi was still involved WITHOUT the studio execs messing up every good idea that he had.

Jedi on Jun 30, 2010


My question all along this series of rumors: after only three movies, a reboot?? The franchise is not that old! I understand a reboot of planet of the apes, or something like that, but spiderman?? Come on. In how many ways you can tell the same story?

leinergroove on Jun 30, 2010


oh, camon he has such a nerdy face! So Peter parkish (sarcasm!) Very bad choice! His head is weird

marissa on Jun 30, 2010


well,anything is better than Tobey Maguire!!!and it will be better than old spiderman(all 3) cos its not that hard to make a better movie than that abominations....anyway,i will not see this in theatre,no waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.....after spider man 3???NO WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

splinter on Jun 30, 2010


Are you shitting me this guys gonna suck why on earth would they do this!!!!!!!!! Tobey Maguire will always be spider man....

pulp fiction212 on Jun 30, 2010


LOL^ Yeah the Sony Spider is coming along nicely, Ive heard they changed spideys suit it now has a big SONY logo on it Woohoo this is gonna be.........................

Jimmy Love on Jun 30, 2010


This is going to flop hard.

Lew on Jun 30, 2010


so after the last film of this franchise comes out, we'll see another reboot two years later in the works. Like, seriously, where is this gonna take us? This must really be a passion project for the director to think he can change the way we see spidey. I'd wish 'em good luck but frankly, I just don't give a shit about this project.

Eli on Jun 30, 2010


more remakes/reboots for you to waste your money on crap. the only ones who will really care about this are the kids that wear his underwear! is that you?!?

Johnny BeGood on Jun 30, 2010


The only reboot we need is at Sony itself.

Johnnie Walker on Jun 30, 2010


A crappy kid actor makes perfect sense. After all, technically speaking, Spider-Man is now a Disney (TM) character. Anyone else annoyed that Disney owns Marvel???

Baron the Curse on Jun 30, 2010


#24: you are a genius cuz thats exaclty what the film industry needs right now...they're making all the wrong moves for a movie people DON'T want to see; so whats gonna happen if they make a movie people are DYING to see ^the comment above should be sent to the Sony execs

cooper on Jun 30, 2010


Everybody hated the idea of Heath Ledger playing as The Joker, and looked how that turned out. Give the kid a chance.

KingRed8 on Jun 30, 2010


Fuck, everybody on here is arrogant and stubborn. Marvel is making good movies right now just because SpiderMan is one of the faces of Marvel doesn't fucking mean that Mickey Mouse is going to be coming out as one of The Avengers. Shut the fuck up people you don't know shit!

KingRed8 on Jun 30, 2010


all im sayin is there is no need to reboot this series with an abundance of amazing superheroes to choose from. Now they need to get moving with infamous and in that case Uncharted as well. Hutcherson's forehead is just as big as efron's so... that last part has nothing to do with anything but wardrobe will have a hard time getting him into his headgear.

Eli on Jun 30, 2010


Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo. I loved 500 days of summer, but I cannot see this guy playing the outsider with a power type role. He's a jock actor.

Dickwhitman on Jun 30, 2010


What is wrong with Tobey Maguire ? He was absolutely perfect as Spidey.

shige on Jun 30, 2010


@28 what the fuck are you talking about? ya loon

DoomCanoe on Jul 1, 2010


@32 Read 25. For your information it was a rant, it seems like everyone else has one on here.

KingRed8 on Jul 1, 2010


i like this kid, he's been a big child actor, i would like to see if he can make his career last this is his big break, lets see if he can make it or break it

Schuyler on Jul 1, 2010


#16 How come you understand a reboot/remake of Planet of the Apes? Sorry, I don't. Remakes should only exist if there is something wrong with the original to begin with. Out-dated effects don't come into it. The Spider-Man reboot is completely without reason. Here's a thought kids - don't give Sony any of your cash. Watch this film flop and some film companies out there might start taking a hint.

Louis PILLS HERE! on Jul 1, 2010


Cripes, how young is the cast going to be in this teen-angst/Twilight influenced flick? If they keep scaling back the age it'll be called 'Spider-Man and the Escape from the Testicles' or 'Sperm-Man.' Actually, Sperm-Man sounds awesome.

SpiderBANK! on Jul 1, 2010


Major mistake, dont get me wrong he was the best of a bad lot but still if they wanted to get the true essence of the character they should have gone with someone who could carry off the righ mix of geekiness and athleticism! Kevin Mchale would have been perfect, hes the kid in the wheel chair from Glee. Let me know what you think.

Daniel on Jul 1, 2010


I'm done, there is no light at the end of this tunnel. Spidey's web has been cut and he is in a downward spiral. Sony should have gone with an unknown actor, they should have left 3-D out of it, they should have never approved a reboot, but what do I know? I'm a bear, I suck the heads off fish.

Xerxex on Jul 1, 2010


The one actor out of the bunch that I DIDNT want to see play Spider-Man is gunna end up playing him. This project is just getting crappier and crappier, next they're just gunna tell us it's a CG film and he's the voice actor. That might actually be a step up in my book. Sony fail, i'm selling my Playstation 3 tomorrow in protest. Xbox 360 here I come.

Hedgehog on Jul 1, 2010


Whoa.. Wait. I haven't been up to date on Spiderman. But they're starting over?! wtf... and with this dude? I mean he looks better than whoever was Spiderman last time. FOR SURE. But cmon... Screw all these Spiderman remakes. Lets get a move on with Green Lantern or something NEW.

Aimee on Jul 1, 2010


I know this reboot is supposed to appeal to new/younger fans in a different way than the Raimi series, but come on. He looks too young! How can you be compelled by a Spider Man whose balls haven't dropped yet? And @38, I'm inclined to agree with you on that;)

Marc on Jul 1, 2010


I'm a little late to the party but have they finally decided to go with the Lizard as the villain?

jake the snake on Jul 1, 2010


Not anything against Josh's acting skills, because I do think he is a good actor, but he just isn't right for the role. What is he, like 4 feet tall? Not to mention little to no bulk. Josh Hutcherson just isn't intimidating, and isn't the "superhero" type of actor. Not to mention he looks like he's about 10 years old.

Aaron on Jul 1, 2010


That kid's not nerdy enough to be convincing as Peter.

Chris on Jul 4, 2010


I know it's too late already but i would love to have seen Josh Hutcherson as Peter Pakrer/Spider-Man. He just strikes me as that role.

Kevin on Aug 12, 2011

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