Josh Hutcherson is (NOT) the New Spider-Man

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 11th, 2013 at 4:06 am,

[UPDATE: False alarm, Josh is NOT the new Spider-Man, but there has been an official announcement from Sony. Click here to learn who is the new Spider-Man.]

Blue Sky Disney Blog is breaking the exclusive news that Josh Hutcherson (Bridge to Terabithia) has been cast as Sony’s new Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which is being directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

This ends month of speculation about who would play the new Peter Parker/Spidey and (as with any big answer) opens the door to new questions…

So the new Spider-Man isn’t Jamie Bell, or Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane or Andrew Garfield. Sorry Donald Glover, it seems your dreams of being black Spider-Man will have to wait. But with Josh Hutcherson we do get an actor who has shown some solid range in the past – and, most importantly, is appropriately young enough for the Spidey reboot we were promised.

Sony said early on the goal was to make the franchise more ‘youth-oriented’ and ‘gritty’ (apparently that’s not an oxymoron); Webb was hired to direct likely because of the stylish youth-cool vibe he created in 500 Days of Summer, and of course, the glaring pun of his name. But then we started hearing actors being nominated for Peter Parker who seemed a bit too old to be playing high school students (sorry Jim Sturgess).

Hutcherson is almost eighteen and has acted in big-budget young adult fare like Zathura and The Vampire’s Assistant, as well as dramatic fare like The Kids Are All Right and the Red Dawn remake, which is currently stalled over at MGM. Added bonus: with Journey to the Center of the Earth under his belt, Hutcherson has already tackled big-budget 3D action. The kid looks pretty solid from all angles, really.

spider man 4 villains Josh Hutcherson is (NOT) the New Spider Man

I’m sure Sony will be quick to put out something official about the casting. We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, we can start in on the next big questions: Who will play the villain (it’s probably The Lizard), and who will play the love interest?

The Spider-Man reboot will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.

Source: Blue Sky Disney Blog

Get our free email alerts on the topics and author of this article:


Post a Comment

GravatarWant to change your avatar?
Go to and upload your own (we'll wait)!

 Rules: No profanity or personal attacks.
 Use a valid email address or risk being banned from commenting.

If your comment doesn't show up immediately, it may have been flagged for moderation. Please try refreshing the page first, then drop us a note and we'll retrieve it. Keep in mind that we do not allow external links in the comments.

  1. Sorry but I’m not supporting a Spider-TEEN Twilight movie. Sony gets it wrong once again.

    • How is it a Twilight spider man movie? Honestly? You havent even seen it?

      • 1. Because Sony is targeting the teen market by going down “The Ultimate” pathway – same demographic.

        2. This reboot is not based on the ORIGINAL mainstream “Amazing Spiderman” comic book which is one of MARVEL’S top selling books and follows the adventures of Peter Parker the MAN and his alter ego Spider- MAN.

        3. The truth is this is just a cash cow for Sony with total disregard and disrespect towards the maturity of the character.

        • Spider-Man is his name, but he was still in high school when he got his powers. It’s not like they can take a 30 year old dude and put him in a spider costume. Besides, if you were a bad-ass TEEN with powers, would you want to call yourself Spider-Kid, Spider-Boy, Spider-Adolescent or Spider-Teen? I get that when we had Toby Maguire we had a chance at a real, mature character, but some people mature at younger ages. Spider-Man matured when his Uncle died, and Peter was given powers that could save or destroy the city based on how he matured and handled the grief. It’s still the same character, just a different face.

          • This Sony franchise is about milking the cash cow for all it’s worth by adapting the “Ultimate” route and perpetuating the High School stories.

            My point has more to do with the fact that we’ve already seen Peter in High School. It’s time to move on.

            Okay , so this is a reboot and it’s not following any of the MARVEL continuity, BUT the fact remains from the original mainstream source material “Amazing Spiderman” issue #28 (Sept. 1965), which featured Peter’s graduation from High School.

            WOW! Marvel moved on 45 years ago after only 2 and a half years of High School and Peter began attending Empire State University in #31 (Dec. 1965), the issue which also featured the first appearances of friends and classmates Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn.

            I don’t expect Sony to follow that continuity but the question remains, what we are all still doing in High School when the books portray a mature hero in adulthood?

  2. Logan Lerman!!!

  3. wow
    Never would have guessed him. I think Josh is a really good actor but do i want him to play my favorite character of all time? No.
    He doesnt fit as Peter Paker. Hopefully his performance will say otherwise.

  4. yuck…………… please be a damn rumor! :(

  5. you have to be kidding. they lose tobey and sam for this. where is zac efron. this kid will not cut it, spiderman reboot will fall flat. well sony get ready to lose alot of money

  6. I hope this isn’t a rumor and I hope Sony fails miserably! I’m tired of Sony and Fox’s handling of Marvel characters and I hope their REBOOTS get the BOOT!!!!

  7. I either want this to be very good or very bad.

    If it’s very good, then we’ve got some great Spider-Man films.

    If it’s very bad, the franchise might fail and there’s a chance the rights could revert to Marvel… who would bring us some great Spider-Man films.

    Josh Hutcherson is all kinds of wrong for Peter Parker, so it looks like this won’t be in the ‘very good’ category. So hopefully it’s downhill from here!

  8. All these comments can get deleted. I think this is a great choice. This kid has been in some big movies AND some smaller indie films like Fragments which he played a character keeping a huge secret that climaxed the movie’s story with a very surprising and interesting ending. I suggest that you check this movie out before you start blasting a quality actor on the rise.

    For the villain expectations of Spiderman 4…it should be a group of villains. Spiderman has a lot of enemies but most are too simple to fill the spot light. It should be “villain by committee”.

    • too many vilians as well as other things ruined S3

  9. So I’m guessing Robert is either his dad brother or manager I can’t imagine anyone but people close to him actually liking this he isn’t at all fitting for the part. It really is gonna be Twilight-man not Spiderman

    • @Daniel F LOL!!! yup!

  10. Still hope this is a rumor otherwise I won’t be watching this and that sucks cause I am a big spidey fan and from the comments I’ve read there seems to be alot of disappointed fans, here’s an idea they should scrap this whole project and go in a differant direction I would like to see a SPIDERMAN 2099 film it would take spidey to a whole new level and it would give fans something new in the spidey franchise

  11. Firehouse Dog boy, hope they don’t have a puppy accomplice for Spidy ;-D

  12. Nope it’s official Andrew Garfield is Dpiderman it’s been confirmed the 26 year old is playing the high schooler confirmed by mr Webb him self. It’s also official I’m not watching this film.

  13. Daniel Glover shouldve been the new spider man