Tom Holland confirmed as the new Marvel Spider-Man

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have confirmed 19-year-old British actor Tom Holland will take over the role of Peter Parker and the web-slinging superhero in the next film, due out in July 2017.

He’s best known for playing the lead in the theatre version of Billy Elliot.

Spider-Man Tom Holland
Spider-Man Tom Holland

Spider-Man will be directed by Jon Watts, who previously helmed the indie film Cop Car and the horror flick Clown. The movie, hitting theaters in July 2017, is a co-production of Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, which has owned the rights to Spidey since 1999. (Before his standalone film, Spidey will make his debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.)

“Sony, Marvel, [Marvel Studios chief] Kevin [Feige] and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world,” producer Amy Pascal said in a statement. “With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film.”

The statement also said: “The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.”

“For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start,” said Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures group chairman.

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