Logan Lerman called into the "Billy Bush Show" to talk about his upcoming star-making turn in Percy Jackson and the Lighting Thief and conversation veered into the realm of Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
We now know that Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) is helming the Spidey reboot, that the budget will be scaled back to $80 million and that the reboot will take Peter Parker back to high school, while exploring both the "gritty" and "human aspect" of Parker's dual identity. However, the real question has been who will replace Tobey Maguire as the new Peter Parker - and Logan Lerman's name swirling in the rumor mill for weeks now.
With almost shocking candor for a Hollywood actor (he's still young, god bless him) Lerman answered Billy Bush's questions by confirming that he is currently in early talks with Sony for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Check this quote:
"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."
Lerman added that he's a huge Spidey fan, and that the interest in him taking on the role has been a two-way street: the studio is as interested in him as he is in the role. You can listen to the interview for yourself, courtesy of Access Hollywood:
To this point, I haven't paid any attention to Logan Lerman's acting ability (he was in Gamer and 3:10 to Yuma), so I can't really back Billy Bush's assertion that the kid has "the chops" to play Spidey. He certainly has the look though, and Percy Jackson - which hits theaters in next week - will certainly be a strong barometer for how the public views Lerman. If all goes well with that film, I'd expect Lerman to be on the short list for new Spidey candidates.
So, let's discuss: Logan Lerman: good man for the Spider-Man reboot? Or should Sony keep looking? And if not Lerman, who would you cast as the new Peter Parker?
[UPDATE: Nikki Finke is spreading the word that this may not be as certain as it seems. A Sony rep confirmed only that they're looking at a lot of options for the role and that “No offers have been made, nor have any business discussions been made with Lerman.” Lerman's reps say the same but c'mon now, Lerman didn't make it up...]
The Spider-Man reboot is slated as a Summer 2012 release.
Source: Access Hollywood