The New Spider-Man is Teenage Brit Tom Holland

By Gerald Lynch on at

Ready for a third rebooted swing around the streets of New York with Marvel's Spider-Man? The world's most famous superhero has been recast once more for another big-screen restart, with teenage Brit Tom Holland pulling on the web-covered spandex.

19-year-old Holland has previously appeared in The Impossible and Billy Elliot: The Musical, and will follow in the footsteps of previous silver-screen Peter Parkers Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield.

A statement on the Marvel website regarding the Marvel Studios / Sony Pictures casting decision reads:

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, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on 28 July, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of Cop Car, the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.

Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. 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. Following Marvel's tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.

Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, Tom Rothman said: "It's a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that's why their results are so outstanding. I'm confident Spider-Man will be no exception."

He added: "I've worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. 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."

The reboot will come less than five years after Garfield's Spider-Man took to the screen, making ol' Spidey the most oft-rebooted hero in Marvel's Hollywood canon. With Holland a far younger Peter Parker than has been portrayed on film before, it's expected that the film will more closely mirror the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book series that kicked off in the year 2000, itself a reboot. With Garfield also British, it's the second time Spider-Man has hailed from our fair isles, too.