New ‘Spider-Man’ star expected to be announced this week

Andrew Garfield's successor will be a much younger version of Peter Parker

Andrew Garfield’s successor as Spider-Man is expected to be announced early this week, according to a new report.

Following a landmark deal made between Sony Pictures and Marvel in February, Spider-Man’s next big-screen appearance will be in an upcoming Marvel film. Which one has yet to be announced, but it is widely expected that the new Spider-Man will make his screen debut in May 2016’s Captain America: Civil War.

The webslinger will then star in the next instalment of Sony’s Spider-Man series, which is set for release in the US on July 28, 2017. For the first time, Marvel’s president Kevin Feige will serve as a producer on one of Sony’s Spider-Man films, working alongside Sony’s Amy Pascal, a veteran of the studio’s Spider-Man movies.

Feige revealed in April that the new Spider-Man will be a “15- or 16-year-old” Peter Parker. Asa Butterfield, the 18-year-old star of Hugo, has recently been linked to the role.

Now The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Butterfield and five other up-and-coming young actors tested for the role on Saturday (May 30) in front of Feige, Pascal and Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The other actors in the frame apparently include Tom Holland, a former star of Billy Elliot The Musical; Charlie Plummer, who has appeared in Boardwalk Empire; Judah Lewis, who will appear in the forthcoming Point Break remake; Charlie Rowe, whose screen credits include recently axed US sitcom Red Band Society; and Matt Lintz, who will be seen in this summer’s Pixels.

Talking in April, Feige explained why Marvel and Sony are keen to introduce a version of the webslinger younger than those played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. “We want to play with Spider-Man in the high-school years because, frankly, there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet,” he said.

“Not just characters or villains or supporting characters, but sides to his character. The most obvious being the ‘young, doesn’t-quite-fit-in’ kid before his powers, and then the fella that puts on a mask and swings around and fights bad guys and doesn’t shut up, which is something we want to play with and we’re excited about.”