The Latest Spidey Candidate: Josh Hutcherson

The latest name to be thrown into the “Spider-Man” reboot ring is that of young Mister Josh Hutcherson (below). What, you’ve never heard of Hutcherson? Me, neither. But apparently despite being still the young buck, he’s already got a pretty extensive resume, which basically means the kid has been acting since he was a tot. Some of his movies include “Journey to the Center of the Earth” and “Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant”, and he’s one of the Wolverines of the “Red Dawn” remake.

According to IESB, Hutcherson has now found himself on the short list of actors Sony is considering for their “Spider-Man” reboot, to be directed by Marc Webb. The Hutchster hasn’t made an impression on me yet, but he is only 18, so he would be age-appropriate for the role. Plus, he’s just “unknown” enough to not cost too much.

In any case, wouldn’t it be funny if Sony ended up casting Logan Lerman despite all denials that he was even being considered? Well, at least I think it would be pretty amusing.



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

    Not bad. He or Lerman would work.

  • jjonahjameson

    This guy is being massacred in the Comic Vine posts. General impressions: low likeability factor as he always plays bullies, physically too compact a body for peter parker, little onscreen charisma, more of an Eddie Brock/Flash Thompson guy and a bit short for Parker especially USM Parker.

    Stick to Logan Lerman

  • http://www.hotcosplay.com.ar Shingo

    I remeber this guy, was thath dumass kid from “Zatura”, yeah thath movie ebaut a game like “Jumanji” but in the space!

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

    I prefer Logan lerman too. However the complainers are typecastiing. He plays bullies so thats all he can play? And a bit short, but he'd be a better Flash or Eddie Brock? Those guys are both BIGGER than Peter so how does that work? I'm just saying.

  • jjonahjameson

    let me put it this way, having seen hutcherson in several films, it's not so much that he tends to play bullies or crybabies but that overall his toughness is very physical, very palpable. Even in the kids are alright, this onscreen vibe is quite evident. Pete is not outwardly tough, he's tough inside esp after Uncle Ben dies. It's the nice, likeable and science geek aura of PP which I am not convinced Hutcherson can pull off. I agree, while he's closer to a Brock/Flash, physically he can't take those roles too.

    I still think Lerman would provide the most balanced (can't think of a better word) PP/Spidey portrayal.

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

    Ah I got you. I agree about Lerman though. I mean he basically played Peter in Percy Jackson. I hope they lean in that direction. What I hope they DON'T do is make his villains young.

  • jjonahjameson

    As from all indications they are going USM (even the cartoon series will now be USM), the villains will be adult and this sets up the classic awkward, smart kid suddenly acquiring superpowers v. all these older villains. the beauty of the clash is that the villains not really aware that they're up against a teenager.

    Lerman could play off this vibe as someone who tries to balance everything, fight crime, etc. But at the core of the character, he's often overwhelmed by everything like any teen–yeah, as you said, a bit like percy j. i just hope they announce the casting choice soon.

    If Lerman i think the reboot has a chance. If hutcherson or someone with a similar acting style–meeh, im not as confident.

    Marc Webb is reportedly having a bunch of actors coming in and doing readings–let's see

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

    Yeah I'm a little upset they're not going to continue Spectacular Spiderman. It's a great show and takes the best aspects of classic, movie, and ultimate spidey and mixes them up really well. If the movie takes this approach I'll be okay. The Goblin in that show was sick and I loved the “Screaming” pumpkin bombs.

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

    Yeah I'm a little upset they're not going to continue Spectacular Spiderman. It's a great show and takes the best aspects of classic, movie, and ultimate spidey and mixes them up really well. If the movie takes this approach I'll be okay. The Goblin in that show was sick and I loved the “Screaming” pumpkin bombs.