by Justin Cook
According to a new report from Latino-Review and Umberto Gonzalez, 18-year-old actor Asa Butterfield is currently in negotiations to become Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man.
Last month, a shortlist of actors Marvel and Sony were looking at to play the role of Peter Parker was released, with Butterfield being one of the names on the list. Over the past couple of weeks, he became the rumored frontrunner for the role, and although he hasn’t been officially confirmed yet, chances are Butterfield is our next Spider-Man.
The actor will most likely be making his first appearance as the character in next year’s star-studded Captain America: Civil War, which will introduce Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. From there, a Spider-Man solo film is set to be released on July 28, 2017.
The new Spider-Man film is not going to retell the character’s origin story, as it has been told many times before, including in both Sam Raimi and Marc Webb’s Spider-Man films. Also, in the film, Peter Parker will be a teenager in high school.
Buttlerfield will be taking the role over from Andrew Garfield, who played the character in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Garfield was praised for his performance as Spider-Man, however, after The Amazing Spider-Man 2 underwhelmed at the box office, Sony decided to partner with Marvel to bring Spider-Man to the MCU.
In his short career, Butterfield has made quite the name for himself. He has starred in such films as The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas, The Wolfman, Hugo, Ender’s Game and Ten Thousand Saints.
He will also be starring alongside Samuel L. Jackson, Eva Green, Judi Dench and Rupert Everett in next year’s Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars, which is set to be directed by Tim Burton.
Sources: Latino-Review, Umberto Gonzalez (via Instagram)