British actor Andrew Garfield was announced by Sony as the new Peter Parker in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The announcement was made at an international press conference in Cancun, Mexico promoting Sony’s upcoming slate.
In a global search; Garfield won out over the likes of Jamie Bell, Aaron Johnson and Logan Lerman.
Marvel and Columbia’s new Spider-Man movie starts filming in 3-D in early December under the direction of Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). The film is set to open July 3, 2012. “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” says Webb.” He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
In a joint statement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said:
“Spider-Man is a classic superhero-a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.”