42 Screens: New Spider-Man Found

As Canadians were celebration their wonderful northern country the blog world exploded as after months of waiting and guessing it was revealed that 26-year-old Andrew Garfield would be playing the role of young Peter Parker and the spectacular Spider-man.  He was confirmed via press release to play the title role of the iconic Marvel Comics hero in the 2012-scheduled film directed by Marc Webb.

Andrew was seen last year in former Python Terry Gilliam’s movie The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and David Fincher in this fall’s The Social Network.  Geek fans may be familiar with him from his role beside David Tennent and Freema Agyeman in the series three Doctor Who two-parter, “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks.”

The New Face of Spider-Man

Many have called Garfield’s age, 27 next month, into question because the film is slated to depict a teenaged Peter Parker, but Tobey Maguire was roughly Garfield’s age when shooting the first Spider-Man film, which opened with the character as a high school senior.

Garfield, born in Los Angeles but a dual citizen of the United States and the United Kingdom due to his American father and British mother, had been rumored as a contender for the role since late May.

Full press release follows:

CULVER CITY, Calif., July 1, 2010 – After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

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