Asa Butterfield, the 18-year-old English actor known for his roles in Hugo and Ender’s Game, is reportedly in talks to star in the next Spider-Man film.
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 2017’s Captain America: Civil War.
The webslinger will then star in the next instalment in Sony’s Spider-Man series, which is set for release 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 last month (April) that the new Spider-Man will be a “15 or 16 year old” Peter Parker. Now Deadline is reporting that Butterfield is frontrunner among five actors being considered for the role, though apparently “nothing is set in stone”.
Talking last month, 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, even though there’ve been five Spider-Man films, 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.”