'Spider-Man': Actor Shortlist For Movie Reboot Revealed? [Updated]

Spider-Man Reboot Actor Shortlist

In the wake of last year's disastrous hacking attack on Sony Pictures and the subsequent leak of gigabytes of e-mails, documents and scripts, the studio is lucky to have any secrets left to keep. Among the details: that Sony's deal with Marvel Studios to make Spider-Man part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe - via a Phase Three reboot - has actually been in the works since before the initial line-up of films was announced.

As Sony presents its upcoming slate of films at CinemaCon - and Spider-Man more or less confirmed to appear in Captain America 3 meaning casting news is on everyone's mind - official word from the studio or details uncovered by attending are hotly anticipated. In fact, some new Spider-Man rumors have already emerged.

Collider Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub (currently at CinemaCon) explained on Twitter that the current Spider-Man buzz is that Marvel and Sony have the lead role narrowed down to five actors, some of whom are in their very early twenties. No names named, but several actors already rumored for the part would fit the bill, including Dylan O'Brien and Ansel Elgort. O'Brien has denied being approached (though things might have changed) and Elgort was fairly neutral on the idea of playing Spider-Man when we asked him about it.

Dylan O'Brien Cast As Marvel's Spider-Man

Obviously gossip isn't the same as concrete information, but the rumors of Sony and Marvel seeking a very young actor to play Spider-Man turned out to be true when Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed the reboot will focus on a high school-aged Parker. With the start of production on Captain America: Civil War imminent, Marvel and Sony can be expected to lock down an actor very soon - if they haven't already.

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