The Actors Who Would be Spidey: And the Candidates Are…

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Two of the 5 final candidates for nerdy high school student Peter Parker are in their ’20s, and one of them is 27. Granted, Tobey Maguire wasn’t exactly a pup when he got the original gig, but I thought the idea behind Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot was to go back to high school with a more genuine nerdy Peter Parker. How are you going to pull that off with a 27-year old? But hey, that’s just one candidate. For my money, purely on a background and “look” point of view and nothing else, the favorite is the 18-year old kid.

According to THR, here are the five actors currently in the running to land the huge, career-making gig. They look to be all pros, and a couple of them have been in some big movies, but for the most part they’re still unknown to mainstream audiences, which seems to be what Columbia is looking for.

The candidates:

Jamie Bell, 24, (picture below, bottom left) is most famous to American audiences for “Jumpers”.

Alden Ehrenreich, 20, (pictured below, top right) who I have never heard of.

Frank Dillane, 19, (pictured below, bottom right) he had a bit part in the most recent “Harry Potter” movie.

Andrew Garfield, 27, (pictured below, top left) another actor I’ve never heard of.

And finally, Josh Hutcherson, 18, (pictured below, center) who has been in a ton of big-budget Hollywood movies already, including “Zathura”, “Bridge to Terabithia”, and “Journey to the Center of the Earth”. If the studio wanted a pro who was also age-appropriate, it’s a no-brainer — go with Hutcherson. Plus, he’s American, so you know, there’s that. Rah rah and all that jazz.

Whoever gets the gig, they’ll be slinging it by the end of the year, when Columbia wants this baby on track. Alvin Sargent is currently rewriting the script, with Webb set to direct.

Author: Nix

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  • thestrongestthereis

    This idea makes me want to kill Marvel. Why god why? I dont want teenage peter parker. I want “becoming a man” peter parker that becomes friends with captain america and is worth his weight in a fight against menacing foes. This blows!

  • hooligan03

    I might be mistaken but i think the liscence is still with sony and they have to put out a movie or it reverts back to marvel. Im not sure though.

  • romeogarcia

    I think MARVEL really screw up this time..I was dying to see SPIDERMAN 4 with tobey,kirsten and sam again..I mean they are a lot of villans of spidey universe that dind't already see like:carnage,vulture,elektro,the lizard,kraven…to mention a few…Bad move boys..bad move

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    I'm with Nix, Hutcherson all the way. He looks the part, and is age appropriate, would age well with a new franchise. I'm a little mad they're rebooting, but at the same time they can do some pretty interesting stuff with this if done right. Just hope they don't make it all teen-angst all the time. I do like the HS dynamic in the “Spectacular Spiderman” series and “Ultimate Spiderman” comics so it can be done. Just has to be balanced well. Also after doing both Green Goblin and Doc Ock in the other franchise I wonder who they'll start with. I say the Lizard, as he'd be a perfect connection between Spiderman and HS, with Connors being the teacher.

  • roland51

    I think the reboot is appropriate because the director and producers shot themselves in the foot with the movies. The killed Norman Osborn, Harry Osborn, Venom. Gwen Stacy should have been Spider Man's first love and Mary Jane should have come along later. After the third movie, what else were they going to focus on? They could have gotten at least two more movies out of this if they used their heads, but they must have shut down their brains when dump trucks of gold pulled up at their homes.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    Very well said. I know why they chose MJ over Gwen but still. And Killing off all the villains was a pretty stupid move. It's like people woldnt believe they could be incarcerated.

  • Randmhall

    sony should, and i assume they will choose josh hutcherson for spidey 4. look at his movie resume. he has to be one of the best actors of his generation. experience, screen presence and versatility are in his fovor. he is also the right age for realism for this role, is not british, and athletic enough to perform some stunts. like the above write up says, it's a no brainer.

  • Randmhall

    sony should, and i assume they will choose josh hutcherson for spidey 4. look at his movie resume. he has to be one of the best actors of his generation. experience, screen presence and versatility are in his fovor. he is also the right age for realism for this role, is not british, and athletic enough to perform some stunts. like the above write up says, it's a no brainer.

  • Mr_N

    none of the above 5 look like a peter parker. his will be the biggest flop ever.