SPIDER-MAN Actor Shortlist Includes Asa Butterfield, Nat Wolff, Tom Holland

     April 22, 2015


We knew this time would be coming soon, and indeed it’s here: the first shortlist of contenders for the new Spider-Man movie has arrived. Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are teaming up on the upcoming reboot, with Marvel’s Kevin Feige producing the standalone effort for release in 2017. But before that, the new Spider-Man is poised to make his debut in the MCU film Captain America: Civil War, which starts filming next week—hence the hurry to cast the new Spidey.

Per The Wrap, Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (The Impossible), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar), and Liam James (The Way Way Back), are among the young actors that are under consideration to play the new Spider-Man. Marvel and Sony are wanting to go younger with this iteration of the superhero, as evidenced by the various actors mentioned above; they range in age from 18 to 20.


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The studios are still in the early stages of the casting process and the report notes that these actors have not received test offers just yet, but Sony (which has final casting approval) is preparing to make those offers next week with screen tests to follow in the ensuing weeks. Spidey’s scenes for Civil War aren’t being shot until June, but the studios need plenty of time to hammer out what’s sure to be a very involved contract for the actor that lands the role—not only will he be set to star in his own Spider-Man films for Sony, but he’ll be a key part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with a supporting turn in Avengers: Infinity War.

Since these actors don’t have test deals yet it’s foolish to start hedging bets and picking favorites, but it’s a fairly strong list of candidates. Holland in particular has impressed with his turn in The Impossible as well as the British TV miniseries Wolf Hall, and he stars opposite Thor himself Chris Hemsworth in this December’s In the Heart of the Sea. And Wolff is a star on the rise, leading the upcoming John Green adaptation Paper Towns after a supporting turn in The Fault in Our Stars.


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Steve recently spoke with Feige, who confirmed that the new Spider-Man will indeed be Peter Parker and also explained why they want the character to be high school aged:

“We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet. Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t quite fit in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”

Feige also noted the opportunity to throw a teenager into the MCU mix, which will be a nice foil for the other Marvel characters. With this news hitting tonight, expect to hear much more about Spider-Man—which is expected to be directed by Drew Goddardin the coming weeks. Let the casting madness begin!


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For a refresher on all of Marvel’s confirmed releases, see below. And for a catalog of all upcoming superhero movie release dates, click here.

  • Avengers: Age of Ultron – May 1, 2015
  • Ant-Man – July 17, 2015
  • Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016
  • Doctor Strange – November 6, 2016
  • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017
  • Spider-Man Reboot – July 28, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part 1 – May 4, 2018
  • Black Panther – July 6, 2018
  • Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War – Part 2 – May 3, 2019
  • Inhumans – July 12, 2019

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