Andrew Garfield is Spider-Man

Posted by · 12:06 am · July 2nd, 2010

Yes, the franchise reboot — to be helmed by Marc Webb of “(500) Days of Summer” fame — has finally settled on a leading man, and it’s the 26 year-old, red-haired Brit Andrew Garfield.

I can’t say I saw that coming, but it’s a welcome surprise. I’ve been predicting big things for Garfield for some time: he came fourth on my list of the industry’s best under-30 actors last year. This, however, should accelerate that progress big-time.

Some of you will know him from “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” or “Lions for Lambs,” but Garfield’s most impressive work so far has come in British TV projects (that were nonetheless released theatrically Stateside) “Boy A” and “Red Riding: 1974.”

This year should really announce him as a big screen presence, with hefty roles in both “Never Let Me Go” and “The Social Network” waiting in the wings. It’s interesting that the studios have once more opted for actorly credentials over teen-idol status: Tobey Maguire’s CV was similarly high-end (if a little more advanced) when he first donned the suit in 2002.

A statement from Sony and Columbia Pictures chiefs (via Anne Thompson) as follows:

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.

Your thoughts? No complaints (for a change) on this end.

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18 responses so far

  • 1 7-02-2010 at 1:05 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    Never seen anything he’s done and Spider-Man won’t change that.

  • 2 7-02-2010 at 2:06 am

    Hans said...

    Am I the only one who thinks this reboot is entirely pointless? I know usually they are done when the latest film in a franchise underwhelms, but, come on. Spider-Man 3 was nowhere near the level of disaster of Batman & Robin or Superman IV, and those franchises had to wait for whole generations to pass by before they were rebooted.

  • 3 7-02-2010 at 2:26 am

    The Other James D. said...

    As someone who just decided to watch Boy A on a whim and afterward declared it my #1 film of 2008, I am overjoyed for Andrew Garfield. I think he’ll be able to explore the truly flawed human nature behind the hero’s mask for a change.

  • 4 7-02-2010 at 5:49 am

    Jim T said...

    I just hope he’ll use the fame he’ll get to go to more artistic places afterwards. But he was my choice for Spidey too.

  • 5 7-02-2010 at 6:09 am

    the other mike said...

    why is every actor from England?

  • 6 7-02-2010 at 7:07 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Let’s be fair, Hollywood is crawling with Australians too.

  • 7 7-02-2010 at 7:58 am

    MovieMan said...

    Speaking as someone who unequivocally loved the “Spider-Man” films (yes, even the third one, which is spectacular), this doesn’t seem to have point. Webb is a good director, though, and has the perfect last name for the job (wink, wink). I’ll be looking forward to it.

  • 8 7-02-2010 at 8:01 am

    Christian said...

    I’ve never been lucky enough to see anything he’s done, but from the look alone, I’d definitely buy him as Peter Parker. While I still am sad Sam Raimi doesn’t get another crack at the wallcrawler, I loved “(500) Days of Summer” so I can’t help but be excited about this reboot.

  • 9 7-02-2010 at 10:32 am

    Nel said...

    Despite my admiration of Andrew Garfield and his work. I won’t be watching this, my love of Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell is too strong but like others I hope the paycheck lets him do more interesting work.

  • 10 7-02-2010 at 10:45 am

    Craig said...

    All three Spiderman films so far have been varying levels of absolute shit. Hopefully this time around, the same doesn’t hold true.

  • 11 7-02-2010 at 10:47 am

    Al said...

    The age is the only thing that concerns me. They said they were going back to high school, the mans closer to 30 than even 20. Then again, it did work for Cameron from Ferris Buller.

  • 12 7-02-2010 at 12:34 pm

    Fitz said...

    If they were going to cast a 27 y.o. why reboot? Garfield looks no closer to being in high school than Maguire.

  • 13 7-02-2010 at 1:05 pm

    James D. said...

    Isn’t the first Spider-Man less than ten years old? I swear, one day they will start a remake or a reboot of a film in post-production.

  • 14 7-02-2010 at 1:12 pm

    Chris138 said...

    I’ve only seen this guy in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. He wasn’t bad, but I never thought of him as Peter Parker. Hopefully it all works out well.

  • 15 7-03-2010 at 5:57 am

    Markku said...

    He was spectacular in both Boy A and Red Riding: 1974, carrying both films with conviction and excellent screen presence. Which is why his attachment to this lame, useless franchise is incredibly disappointing.

  • 16 7-05-2010 at 4:04 am

    cineJAB said...

    I only know him from Lions For Lambs, which was…well, just not very good. I’ve been meaning to check out Red Riding though.

  • 17 7-16-2010 at 7:32 pm

    drake said...

    this fuck