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Sony Casts Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood July 1, 2010 at 12:06PM

Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.
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Sony Pictures Entertainment has chosen its new Spider-Man. It's Brit Andrew Garfield, perhaps the most mature of the crop of boyish actors the studio was reportedly considering. He'll be 27 in August. And he's a strong actor.

Garfield broke out in Toronto fest hit Boy A, for which he won a best actor BAFTA in 2008. He played American in Robert Redford's forgettable Lions for Lambs, and also starred in the Spike Jonze Sundance short I'm Here, the Red Riding Trilogy – 1974 and Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus. He also has key roles in two high-profile fall films, Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go and David Fincher's The Social Network.

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The studio put on a global search; Garfield won out over the likes of Jamie Bell, Aaron Johnson and Logan Lerman, who placed first in our TOH poll--Garfield placed sixth. Sony announced Garfield at an international press conference in Cancun, Mexico promoing their upcoming slate.

Marvel and Columbia's Spider-Man 4 starts filming in 3-D in early December under the direction of Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). The film is set to open July 3, 2012. “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents," states Webb. "He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

In a joint statement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said:

“Spider-Man is a classic superhero -- a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”

The three Spider-Mans have grossed more than $2.5 billion worldwide.

This article is related to: Franchises, Studios, News, Spider-Man, Sony/Screen Gems/Sony Pictures Classics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.