Tom Holland cast as ‘Spider-Man’; Jon Watts is directing

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The Spider-Man movie has landed its director, and star.


Tom Holland has landed the titular role in“Spider-Man,” making him the latest actor to pick up the web shooters and the first to do so within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Relative newcomer Jon Watts (“Cop Car”) has also been announced to direct the 2017 “Spider-Man” film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland will appear as a teenage Peter Parker in“Captain America: Civil War” as well as his own self-titled film in 2017. There have beenlongstanding rumors that the new Spider-Man would appear in the star-studded “Civil War” film, with this announce as the first confirmation that the web slinger will put in an appearance. However, it’s unclear what the character’s role will be. Further, the announcement makes no mention of Spider-Man’s “Civil War” appearance.

“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in the official announcement. “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Holland competed against several other actors for the role, including Asa Butterfiled, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. He was selected after stealth test-screening in Atlanta on May 30, which took place with Feige, “Spider-Man” producer Amy Pascal and “Civil War” directors Joe and Anthony Russo. Yesterday, Holland posted a trio of videos to his Instagram account, demonstrating that he’s taken the time to perfect jump flips in preparation for the role.