Andrew Garfield swings into Spider-Man role

The webspinner’s finally cast


Spider-Man has finally spun itself a leading man, as confirmation comes that Andrew Garfield will be the new face of the rebooted super-franchise.

Best known for his role in The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus, Garfield beat the likes of Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin and Aaron Johnson for the part.

“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” said director Marc Webb during a special reveal at an event in Mexico, looking relieved to have found his man.

“He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

Garfield’s casting news flies in the face of reports made yesterday that Josh Hutcherson had been offered the chance to play Peter Parker, though it’s possible that Hutcherson eventually turned it down.

“I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield,” said producer Avi Arad.

“In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.”

As Garfield begins preparations for the superhero role, we’ll be able to catch him in David Fincher’s The Social Network later this year, as well as in Never Let Me Go.

Spider-Man opens on 3 July, 2012. It will be in 3D.

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    • daz8778

      Jul 2nd 2010, 9:17

      after seeing his performance in redriding i knew he was a good actor but cant see him pulling off an american teen

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    • fuzzcaminski

      Jul 2nd 2010, 9:36

      He does look awfully like the original 60's Peter Parker though, and is a great actor, a solid choice I say

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    • niannah

      Jul 2nd 2010, 10:09

      He looks like a good choice. And really, coming after Toby Maguire, there is literally no pressure to live up to anything.

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    • 10yearsofbang

      Jul 2nd 2010, 10:16

      Great news. A bit of a suprising choice admittedly. He was absolutely ammazing in Boy A, one the the finest pieces of drama of the last 10 years. The Spider-Man reboot just pricked my interest for the first time since it was announced.

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    • joshwinning

      Jul 2nd 2010, 11:01

      Anybody else think there's an Andy Murray likeness going on there? Or am I just watching too much Wimbledon...?

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    • DanRose

      Jul 2nd 2010, 16:20

      What a surprisingly good choice. Got to admit didn't see that coming. Good luck to him, he's a good actor as shown in Red Riding and Boy A...

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    • fuzzydunlop1

      Jul 3rd 2010, 5:43

      Don't really know him, but after reading the other comments, I'm now intrigued by spidey 2.0. All I can add is thank Christ Billy Elliot didn't get it!

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    • Nirvandy

      Jul 3rd 2010, 21:35

      He's too much of a pretty boy to play science geek Peter Parker. A ridiculous choice in my opinion.

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    • Ali1748

      Jul 4th 2010, 1:02

      Not thrilled about the reboot, but Andre Garfield is a very good choice for Peter Parker.

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    • Hadouken76

      Jul 4th 2010, 21:41

      lol @ 'can't see him pulling off an american teen'... no-one wants to see that! (chortle) :D

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    • MagneticEye84

      Jul 5th 2010, 23:56

      I'm sure Andrew Garfeild is a very fine actor, but I'm not at all thrilled with Sony's mishandling of this franchise since day one. This Sony franchise is about milking the cash cow for all it’s worth by adapting the “Ultimate” series route and perpetuating the High School stories. My point has more to do with the fact that we’ve already seen Peter in High School. It’s time to move on. Okay , so this is a reboot and it’s not following any of the MARVEL continuity, BUT the fact remains from the original mainstream source material “Amazing Spiderman” issue #28 (Sept. 1965), which featured Peter’s graduation from High School. WOW! Marvel moved on 45 years ago after only 2 and a half years of High School and Peter began attending Empire State University in issue #31 (Dec. 1965), the issue which also featured the first appearances of friends and classmates Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn. I don’t expect Sony to follow MARVEL'S continuity but the question remains, what we are all still doing in High School when the books portray a mature hero in adulthood?

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    • MagneticEye84

      Jul 6th 2010, 0:20

      @ Nirvandy What is truly ridiculous is that most people don't realise that Peter Parker was illustrated as less nerdy and slightly more handsome after he graduated High School by artists such as John Romita from around 1966 onwards. The most popular and longest running Spiderman comic book "Amazing Spiderman" is still MARVEL'S flagship title to this day and the true source of a mature Peter Parker & Spiderman.

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