Perhaps even more surprising than Sony choosing to reboot their Spider-Man franchise so soon after it was first launched (less than 10 years ago) was the fact that the studio picked an unlikely candidate to play our favorite web-slinging hero: British actor Andrew Garfield.

He was always in contention for the role of the new Peter Parker, but our Screen Rant poll placed Garfield third-to-last (just ahead of Frank Dillane and Alden Ehrenreich), which didn’t exactly hint that he’s the choice of the fans (at least here at Screen Rant).

However, as time has passed people have begun to get used to the idea of Garfield in the famous red and blue webbed suit, even if we have yet to see him actually wearing it (production doesn’t begin until this December). But set aside what we feel about Garfield taking on the iconic Spidey role – how does the actor himself feel about it?

Risky Business recently caught up with Garfield at the Telluride Film Festival (here’s there for the film Never Let Me Go) and during a Q&A they asked about how Garfield feels about playing the new Peter Parker:

“I have been waiting for this phone call for 24 years, for someone to call me up and say, “Hey, we want you to pretend to be a character that you’ve always wanted to be all your life, and we’re going to do it with cool cameras and cool effects and you’re going to feel like you’re swinging through New York City. Do you want to do that?” [laughs] “Let me just consult with my seven-year old self and see what he thinks…” So my seven-year-old self started screaming in my soul and saying, This is what we’ve been waiting for.

Like every young boy who feels stronger on the inside than they look on the outside, any skinny boy basically who wishes their muscles matched their sense of injustice, God, it’s just the stuff that dreams are made of, for sure. It’s a true honor to be part of this symbol that I actually think is a very important symbol and it’s meant a great deal to me, and it continues to mean something to people. So yeah, I feel like I’ve been preparing for it for a while. Ever since Halloween when I was four years old and I wore my first Spider-Man costume.”

You can read the rest of the Q&A with Garfield over at Risky Business.

Garfield certainly sounds like he’s passionate about playing Spider-Man, which I think is  a critical attitude for an actor who is about to take on such an iconic role. I know every time an actor signs on to play a comic book character they always say that they’re huge fans of the character and have read all the comics and such, but Garfield sounds genuinely enthused.

Despite Garfield being 27 years old when playing a high school-age Peter Parker, I’m really beginning to dig the idea of the actor playing the role. Admittedly he’s still not my first choice (personally I would have liked Logan Lerman out of those that were in the running) but he’s certainly a talented actor (never a bad thing to add real talent to a big-budget franchise) and his passion for the role is extremely encouraging.

We know that Garfield is the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man but what about the all important villain and love-interest? There were rumors that Inglourious Basterds Oscar-winner Christoph Waltz might be the new franchise villain but those rumors were swiftly debunked so the villain role remains unoccupied for the time being.

As for the love interest, we know it will NOT be Mary-Jane (at least in the first film) although who exactly it will be has yet to be revealed (Gwen Stacy? an entirely new character?). However, actresses like Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Lily Collins (Priest) and Emma Roberts (Scream 4) are reportedly being considered.

The Spider-Man reboot (Spider-Man Reborn? Spider-Man Returns?) will start production this December under the direction of Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). It is tentatively scheduled to swing into 3D and regular theaters on July 3rd, 2012.

Garfield can next be seen in Never Let Me Go which opens in limited release on September 15th, and then in David Fincher’s The Social Network which opens on October 1st.

Source: Risky Business