The search is over, and Sony Pictures Entertainment has now chosen its new Peter Parker.
Andrew Garfield will take on the young photographer and his alter-ego Spider-Man in the 2012 reboot of the franchise with hopes the new venture can continue the cash cow of the previous three films that combined grossed more than $2.5 billion at the box office worldwide since 2002.
The announcement comes almost two years from its premiere. Sony hopes to make its new Spider-Man its summer tentpole launching July 3, 2012, with production expected to begin before the end of this year.
It’s a rather risky move for Sony to take overall. After director Sam Raimi withdrew from the project, Sony decided to move away from its successful series that includes stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, and instead move the franchise back to high school under director Marc Webb. Outside of that, little is known about the new film.
Garfield still has the high school look, despite being 26, and a decent acting resume despite not being a common name. Genre fans should recognize him immediately as Frank from the two-part “Doctor Who” adventure “Evolution of the Daleks” and “Daleks in Manhattan,” which aired in 2007. More recently, he played Anton in “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.”
Garfield also played Todd Hayes in the 2007 film “Lions for Lambs,” which was directed by and starred Robert Redford, along with Meryl Streep and Tom Cruise.
Among those considered to play Parker included Josh Hutcherson, Logan Lerman, Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenreich, Aaron Johnson and “Star Trek” star Anton Yelchin, according to Internet Movie Database.
Now that Peter Parker has been chosen, the speculation can now move to who the villain will be.