According to the UK site Bleeding Cool, they’ve gotten “repeated reports” that Sony has chosen their new Spider-Man for Marc Webb’s upcoming reboot of the franchise, and it’s “Jumper” star Jamie Bell, who also happens to be playing the titular lead in Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn”. One wonders, though, if he’s able to commit to both projects, seeing as how “Tintin” is also a franchise in the making. Then again, that didn’t stop Ryan Reynolds, or Robert Downey Jr., or a lot of other actors.
Just to reiterate: this is just one site reporting this, and I don’t know the site well enough to give you any sort of history when it comes to the validity of their scoops, so I’m going to allow you to pass judgment and report this as rumor.
Bell is 24, and it wouldn’t be the first time Sony has cast an actor who is not age-appropriate for “Spider-Man”. After all, Tobey Maguire was already in his ’20s when he started playing Peter Parker, and was well into his ’30s when he last donned the tights.
So yeah, it’s possible. Though for my money I would certainly prefer Josh Hutcherson, who is just 18, and has plenty of blockbuster background. Hutcherson is just one of a reputed five finalists in the running for the role, along with Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane, and 27-year old Andrew Garfield. Seriously, a 27-year old is in the running to play a nerdy high school kid? Wow.
Whoever ends up putting on the tights, Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” in high school reboot is due out in 2012.