Spider-Man Finally Re-Cast, Long National Nightmare Ends

Posted by Moxie on July 2nd, 2010

TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 18:  Actor Andrew Garfield attends the 'The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus' premiere held at Roy Thomson Hall during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival on September 18, 2009 in Toronto, Canada.  (Photo by C.J. LaFrance/Getty Images)

Oh, frabjous day! Let us celebrate this holiday weekend with honeyed wines and cakes redolent of exotic spices. Not for America’s Independence, but because we finally have a star of the Spider-Man reboot! Huzzah, we shout, huzzah!

Andrew Garfield will play Peter Parker in the newest leg (har) of the Spider-Man franchise, directed by Marc Webb (double har) of (500) Days of Summer. The new movie is supposed to take the character back to high school and focus on him developing his powers. I only ever saw bits and pieces of the first movie, but isn’t that sort of what it was about? Or is it more like filling the gap between the first and the second? Anyway, the casting of Garfield is something of a surprise, as he’s 27, British, and was one of the lesser-known names on the short list, which included Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) (although Jamie Bell and Aaron Johnson are British, as well, so maybe that’s not so weird). Garfield’s credits include The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the upcoming The Social Network, as well as the critically-praised Red Riding trilogy in Britain. The press release from Sony is as laudatory as one would expect, considering how much money is on the line.

Judging from the picture, they chose the new Spider-Man according to whoever has the biggest hair. Garfield does have the sort of weedy geek look I expect in a Peter Parker, though. I haven’t seen anything he’s has done, but his projects were made by and with some fairly high-profile names, so this could turn out to be not total crap. Anyone is better than Tobey Maguire, honestly; Spider-Man was never meant to be played by a cupful of tapioca pudding.

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