The rumors can be put to rest — Tom Holland, 19, is officially taking over as Peter Parker, Sony Pictures and Marvel announced on June 23. Jon Watts will be directing.
Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, as well as Marvel and Sony are having quite the day. After months of rumors swirling about which actor would step into the blue and red Spider Man suit, the decision has been made: Tom Holland.
“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,” Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman said in a statement. “I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. 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.”
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring,” Kevin Feige added, and was joined by Amy who said, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
The new Spider-Man reboot will hit theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. However, the character will first appear in Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War which is set for 2016. Get to know Tom here.
— Emily Longeretta