Logan Lerman NOT Cast as Spider-Man? [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 14th, 2013 at 3:48 am,

[Update: Word is Lerman has NOT been offered the role of Spidey]

After the mess that was the cancellation of Spider-Man 4 and the rumors leading up to that event and afterward, the search for who will be the next Peter Parker may be over.

HitFix is exclusively reporting that Sony Pictures has decided on the man who will replace Tobey Maguire for the Spider-Man reboot and that man (boy?) is Logan Lerman. The news confirms rumors that started with what Lerman said himself when appearing on the Billy Bush Show.

When appearing on that show, Lerman was very honest and open about the status of the Spider-Man talks, against the better wishes of everyone else involved, and had the following to say at the time. This was over two months ago:

“There have been a few discussions, it’s definitely something I’m looking into. It’s [Spider-man] one of my favorite characters ever and I’m a huge fan of the series. I’d love to have more conversations about it. I’m definitely very interested in it.”

Those rumors were later partly squashed when Nikki Finke reported that there had been no business discussions between the studio and Lerman’s reps but we knew here at Screen Rant that Lerman didn’t just make that stuff up. HitFix‘s source claims that Lerman is currently  “almost 100% locked” for the role so there must of been quite a few discussions since that time.

Logan Lerman is a growing star with some significant roles in the recent films Gamer and 3:10 to Yuma, but he hit it real big earlier this year as the lead in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief. Other rumored candidates that he beat out for the Spider-Man gig include Taylor Lautner, Jim Sturgess, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jesse Eisenberg.

If Lerman is to lead the Spider-Man film franchise in its new direction, we could see the young actor starring in two big franchises for years to come. Playing Peter Parker will no doubt help chances of another Percy Jackson film being greenlit.

As for the Spider-Man reboot, we know it’s coming at us in 3D with a less-inflated budget of $80 million. The story will follow a younger Peter Parker back in high school and will be directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). The speculation from fans is that the grittier and more realistic take on the live-action adaptation of Marvel Comics’ webslinger will follow the character as he’s depicted in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, written by Brian Michael Bendis.

For the direction Sony is taking Spider-Man going forward, I think Lerman is a good fit. While I have no interest in seeing the movie in 3D, I do like the idea of a grittier Ultimate version of Spider-Man, following in the footsteps of what Marvel Studios is doing with their Avengers line-up.

What do you think about Logan Lerman as Peter Parker in a possible Ultimate take on Spider-Man?

Update: Well it looks like our opinions no longer matter as Deadline is debunking the report from HitFix by claiming that not only is Lerman not confirmed for the role of Peter Parker, he is totally out of the running for the part! As own Mike Eisenberg said, “Many wish to be a weekend superhero, few get to live the dream.”

However, each time this Logan Lerman as Spidey news has popped up, it’s sounded pretty reasonable (at least to me). The HitFix crew is also pretty good about what they report… But Sony seems to be staunchly denying this rumor… Then again, how long was the studio publicly denying that Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 was falling apart?

For right now, my advice would be to hold off on claiming that ANYBODY is the new Spider-Man. Let’s just pause a second and see how things go after the dust kicked up by this Logan Lerman rumor has settled.

Screen Rant will let you know more on this as soon as we hear confirmation, so stick around for that and other comic book movie news!

The now untitled Spider-Man reboot is set to hit theaters July 12, 2012.

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Source: HitFix

Update Source: Deadline

TAGS: spider-man, spider-man 4

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  1. I no that ultimate spidey is young but this dude is really young i guess we are going to have to wait and see if all of this is true!!

  2. I'm a fan of Logan Lerman, so I'd be happy with this decision.

  3. they could do worse like casting an actual Disney or Twilight star so I'll take Logan Lerman over Efron and co anytime.

    The kid has done creditable work in smaller films like the western 3:10 to Yuma, Gamer and has done comedy in Meet Bill with Aaron Eckhart. Compared to other teen actors out there, he's actually been onscreen with major film stars like Bale, Russel Crowe, Jim Carrey and Renee Zellweger. So he could probably hold his own. Didn't like Percy too much and the script was geared towards young kids.

    good luck to Logan and hope he pulls it off

  4. I really enjoyed Meet Bill, it was an entertaining film. While I didn't like Gamer that much, I did like the scenes with Logan Lerman. He's got a great screen presence IMO.

  5. I'm glad they picked an actor with presence, skill, and even looks the part.

    Now for a villain and others in the film, My picks would be for the definite future series: Ralph Fiennes as Green Goblin, Clive Owen as Doc Ock, Chris Pine as Venom, Carey Mulligan as MJ, John Malkovich as Vulture, Josh Brolin as Kraven, Anton Yelkchin as either Harry or Electro, and Christopher Meloni as Sandman.

  6. i like this. hes young and a good actor. i can see him as spiderman:)

  7. Meh,. Its still Sony.

  8. Well at least Logan Lerman looks a lot more like Peter Parker than Tobey did. The fact that Logan is familiar with the character is a definite bonus, which hopefully will show in his acting.

    Tobey admitted on national television that he had never read a Spiderman comic nor was interested in them as a kid and it really showed in his wooden performance. Just going through the motions of acting to a script without knowing the the character at all.

    At the end of the day Sony is still involved, so I still don't have high hopes for this franchise until the film rights revert back to MARVEL.

  9. Great… Spiderman is gearing toward the Disney crowd now. Wow… how exciting! [Pulls out Sarcasm Sign]

  10. I like it, he's young, not too well known but still recognizable, and I can't stand Tobey Maguire so for me anyone would be better (except maybe Taylor Lautner, I never remember Spider-man being a 18 year-old gym freak) But what I really want to know is who is going to be the main villain? Please tell me we won't have to go through the whole green goblin thing again, I want a new villain, but one of the more well known ones, the only thing I didn't like about Batman Begins were the villains, I just didn't think they had enough for a whole franchise reboot.

  11. Great pick! This kid did a fantastic job in 3:10 to Yuma and has a lot of acting range for a kid his age. Also I am glad that they only have an 80 million budget, makes them rely on aesthetics and substance more than eye candy.

  12. What the hell? Are you stupid? Just because he is going back to high school it is disney? I hate to tell you this but in the comics Spider-Man STARTED in high school. Also I don't think Logan Lerman has been in ANY Disney films.

    He has been in a bunch of rated R films though such as 3:10 to Yuma and Gamer

  13. I'm a bit split on this. For me, I don't see any reason why this has to go back to high school and be a total reboot. It would make more sense if they just had Pete in college. Grittier? What does that mean? Another face off with Green Goblin and/or death of Gwen Stacey? The 3-D aspect of it is sounding less and less good for me. The more I hear, the more I feel that Sony execs (and to a lesser extent, Marvel) are headed for a bad wakeup call.

    I, too, feel that Lerman is fine (not my first choice though) but I saw Gamer and thought it a load of junk. Saw Percy and was unimpressed. I should fall back on 3:10- but everyone was great in a great movie. I guess the running geek joke now would be Batman's Your Daddy who was shot by Angel…

  14. Logan Lerman is the best rumored choice by far and really does fit the description of Peter Parker. I kinda hope this is true, unless they could somehow find someone who looks more the part and could act better. This kid seems to have everything it takes to play this dynamic role. Should be interesting. He'll have to tone up a lot though since he's a pretty skinny kid.

  15. I think it's a “$%&! awful idea. Back in the day it was supposed to be Michael Biehn in his 30's, what you'd expect from a dude getting a PhD at the University, like some pre-Dr. Parker, now with Logan's age, that would be closer to being Dr Sheldon Cooper pre-big bang theory. We need a cool spiderman, a smart and confident one. The animated series did a fine job exploring the things that made Peter Parker a character to identify beneath the suit and not to see as a fragile and immature hero.

  16. Sounds Bad !
    Sam Raimi did a great job on the previous films and that fact that he is out and they go a head with this….just states how stupid they are !

    So..another Twilight type teeny High School Movie ???

    No thanks !

  17. Sounds Bad !
    Sam Raimi did a great job on the previous films and that fact that he is out and they go a head with this….just states how stupid they are !

    So..another Twilight type teeny High School Movie ???

    No thanks !

  18. yes!this is what i wanted from he start great choice the movie will be great awesome director great lead actor= awesomeness

  19. Well if this does happen, Logan is definitely making waves in Hollywood.

  20. Or maybe Jake Abel as Venom and Chris Pine as Electro.

  21. I would much rather the rights revert back to Marvel Studios so the new Spidey can cross over into Avengers storylines. I mean, if they're going through all the trouble of rebooting the whole franchise anway.

  22. I'm still on the fence about this reboot, but I do like this casting choice.

  23. Sony has once again denied this rumor.

  24. Hanging out for the day when we get to see a proper reboot by Marvel Studios.

  25. Seems too young to be gritty. It's gonna take a lot. I mean he's going to have to have some fantastic acting chops to pull this off! I am not a big fan of Tobey Maguire, but he did an amazing job with his portrayal of spider-man in all three movies! Sam Raimi had a GREAT deal to do with his presence on screen, I have no doubt. It's going to be hard to beat the S.M. trilogy IMO.
    Also, the processes for the c.g. spiderman have already been created, so the pricetag seems ok. That being said; it would be nice to see Sandman again. The Sinister Six would be great and would keep Spidey on his toes. That is, if I was interested in this Sony clap-trap. I dont. I would rather they fix and continue the franchise. If even with new actors.
    Logan cannot be the BEST choice for P.P./S.M. if this movie happens.

  26. I heard sony has let everyone go from the last Spiderman Franchise but decided to bring back Tobey Mcguire for one more go round. What do you guys think of that decision? lol

  27. peter parker is anything but gritty! come on. the story can be gritty. but parker isnt.

  28. If by “gritty” you mean: courageous, brave, plucky, mettlesome, stouthearted, valiant, bold, spirited, intrepid, tough, uncompromising, determined, resolute, purposeful, dogged, tenacious, gutsy, spunky, feisty, then Peter Parker is definitely ALL those things.

    If by way of definition you don't think Spiderman stories can have a gritty look at urban life, be realistic, uncompromising, tough, true-to-life, graphic, sordid, and mature, then you haven't read enough.

  29. They also denied there being problems behind the scenes of Spider-Man 4 and that there wasn't a delay over Christmas (it WAS delayed and it was canceled shortly after).

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