Mumbai: Months of speculation ended on Tuesday as British actor Tom Holland scored a coveted Hollywood superhero franchise, and will be 'spinning webs' on Andrew Garfield's heels.
Sony Pictures and Marvel, apparently keen to get back to Spidey's schoolboy beginnings in the comic's tradition, picked the up-and-coming boyish 19-year-old, who starred in ‘The Impossible’, to play Peter Parker.
"We saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start," said Tom Rothman, Chairman Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group.
With Holland in the lead, the franchise is now ready to reboot for a new series of Sony Spider-Man films that is still untitled, and will only be released in 2017. If reports doing the rounds are true, the young new web spinner will get his trial run at being a superhero in the upcoming Marvel flick ‘Captain America: Civil War’, that will be directed by the Russo brothers.
This news comes just days after a new set of leaked Sony emails revealed a restrictive set of rules for Spider-Man’s on-screen persona, should always be white.
In a statement to The Guardian, Stan Lee said, “I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” he said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”
Tom will follow British-American Andrew Garfield and American actor Tobey Maguire who have both played the friendly neighbourhood superhero.
Jon Watts will direct the film.