There's perhaps no greater casting decision on everyone's minds right now than who will be the next Spider-Man. Ever since Sony and Marvel announced back in February that they were joining together to create a new trilogy of films about the webslinger, there have been numerous reports and shortlists speculating on which actor would get to play the part. The choice will need to be made soon, as Captain America: Civil War has already started filming and they're almost ready for Peter Parker to make his first appearance.
Only two weeks ago, Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) was rumored to be the frontrunner and in final negotiations to wear the red and blue suit. Reportedly, the actor had beat out other hopefuls like Tom Holland (The Impossible), Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing) for the role. But an update released today calls that into question.
Despite previous reports, THR says Butterfield isn't Spider-Man just yet. According to inside sources, six teenage actors were flown to Atlanta on Saturday, where Captain America: Civil War is currently filming, for a secretive all-day screen-testing. In attendance at the very important event were Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, former Sony chairman and Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal, and Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who are directing Civil War.
Out of over 1,500 boys from around the world, now in the final six are again Butterfield and Holland, as well as new names Judah Lewis (a relative newbie who'll next be seen in this year's Point Break and Demolition), Matthew Lintz (who had a small part in 2014's Kill the Messenger), Charlie Plummer (who had a recurring gig on Boardwalk Empire), and Charlie Rowe (a British actor who appeared on Fox's short-lived drama Red Band Society).
Two of these names, Butterfield and Holland, have been on every shortlist since the beginning. So they're most likely the frontrunners, if there even is such a thing. One source cautioned that if Marvel didn't like any of the above choices, they would even keep looking. But it's hard to imagine, with the casting coming down to the wire, that the studios would go back the drawing board.
Then there's Rowe, who could potentially be a frontrunner too since his name also showed up on the shortlist for X-Men: Apocalypse's Cyclops back in January. Hollywood seems to think he's a star in the making. While the other three actors, Lewis, Lintz and Plummer, don't have any notable credits or buzz to their names, the fact that they lasted this long shows that the role is still anyone's to grab.
What do you think about the latest choices?
The Avengers: Age of Ultron is now in theaters, followed by Ant-Man on July 17 2015, Captain America: Civil War on May 6 2016, Doctor Strange on November 4 2016, Guardians of the Galaxy 2 on May 5 2017, Spider-Man on July 28, 2017, Thor: Ragnarok on November 3 2017, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 on May 4 2018, Black Panther on July 6 2018, Captain Marvel on November 2 2018, Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 on May 3 2019 and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.