Spider-Man top five contenders

Just who will be the new web-slinger?


Spider-Man may be a masked superhero, but he still needs a face for when he’s that Peter Parker chap – and Sony are really taking their time in deciding whose face that will be.

Their Spider-Man reboot was announced at the beginning of this year, and since then a Captain America-style rumour campaign has seized control of the internet.

Now, though, we have Sony’s list of top five contenders for the role (thanks to Deadline). The studio reportedly spent Friday going through all of their auditions tapes, and boiled the list down to:

Aaron Johnson, Anton Yelchin, Logan Lerman, Andrew Garfield, Jamie Bell.

Few surprises there, what with pretty much every one of those names having been stuck to the role in the past few weeks let alone months.

The big question remains, though – just who will bag Spidey?

Johnson would be an interesting choice considering he pretty much played Peter Parker in Kick-Ass (the perfect audition tape for Spidey, surely?). Meanwhile, Logan Lermon sort of looks exactly the same as Johnson, except American…

Naturally, we’re going to go all patriotic (despite yesterday’s balls up) and lay our loyalties with Jamie Bell and Johnson. And that’s the last we’ll say on the matter until Sony actually cast somebody.

Who is your favourite?

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    • ChrisWootton

      Jun 28th 2010, 10:20

      Jamie Bell? How many 24 year olds do you know who are at High School? Does this mean that Spiderman (ace super student/science wizz Peter Parker) will be academically challenged?

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    • fugnut

      Jun 28th 2010, 14:18

      ChrisWootton, advancements in acting technigue mean an actor can in fact play a person of a different age then he/she is themself as well as different nationality/religion/sexuality, these amazing advancements are known as ACTING.

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    • magnusbarfod

      Jun 28th 2010, 15:37

      Fugnut, your marvelous grasp of sarcasm aside, your actual point is wrong-headed. CW is completely right to suggest that having a 24 year old (25 by the time of shooting?) play a 17 year old is a stupid idea. One of the biggest complaints about film depictions of teenagers is, in fact, the clear disparity in the ages of the actors and the characters. Having people in their mid-twenties cast as teenagers is a constant irritant. Yes, actors can play other nationalities, religions and different sexual orientations (unless they're Tom Cruise, of course), but these are fluid concepts. Age isn't. And to ask an audience to accept that someone closer to 30 than than 17 can play Spiderman is a fatally flawed concept, no matter how baby-faced Bell may be. This re-boot is already an awful idea. This list of casting possibilities only makes it potentially worse...

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    • Nirvandy

      Jun 28th 2010, 16:28

      I'd rather have Johnson - he played a great superhero nerd in Kick-a*s so we know he can pull it off believably. As for the rest, they're too much of a pretty boy to be a convincing high-school geek.

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    • ilikescifi

      Jun 28th 2010, 17:01

      anton anton anton

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    • moose316

      Jun 28th 2010, 19:09

      i think anton is the perfect choice, he was awesome in star trek http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfT74b620vs

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    • MagneticEye84

      Jun 29th 2010, 0:00

      Logan Lerman for Spider-TEEN. We can only hope that one day when the film rights revert back to their rightful owners MARVEL STUDIOS, we will see a proper, faithful and authentic representation of the web slinger. Can you imagine just like the books have been for the last 35 years or so, a MATURE and REALISTIC movie portraying the adventures of Peter Parker the MAN and his alter ego Spider-MAN. I'm so sick of this pandering towards the teen twilight c**p.

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    • Ozweego

      Jun 29th 2010, 15:18

      This remake will blow. I appreciate what Raimi did for the Spider-man brand and will leave it at that. This is just another attempt from a profit-hungry studio trying to get blood from a turnip. I will not see this. Guaranteed! PS: The casting, all option look terrible.

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