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'Spider-Man' Reboot Short List Includes Jamie Bell and Josh Hutcherson

May 27, 2010 03:45:46 GMT

The two, joined by Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane and Andrew Garfield, are in competition to take the lead role in the new 'Spider-Man' film.


'Spider-Man' Reboot Short List Includes Jamie Bell and Josh Hutcherson
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After Columbia Pictures announced in early this year that they will make an untitled Spider-Man reboot, Logan Lerman was linked to the lead role several times but the studio constantly debunked the rumor. Now, The Hollywood Reporter reports director Marc Webb has had meeting with several men who probably will play young Peter Parker.

According to the site, Jamie Bell and Josh Hutcherson are among the short list which has been narrowed down to five in the past two or three weeks. Other names among the candidates to play the superhero character are Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane and Andrew Garfield.

24-year-old Bell made his film debut in dance flick "Billy Elliot", playing the tittle character. He recently appeared in "King Kong" and "Jumper", and will be soon seen in "The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn".

Hutcherson, who started acting since he was kid, has appeared in several movies like "Zathura", "Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D", "The Vampire's Assistant" and "The Kids Are All Right". Beside having a lot of experience, the 18-year-old actor is considered young enough to play Parker during his high school age. Hutcherson has been previously mentioned in competition with Lerman to take the coveted role in the upcoming "Spider-Man" film.

27-year-old Garfield, who is the oldest among other contenders, has a role in 2007 "Lions for Lambs" and 2009 "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus". He will star in upcoming drama "The Social Network" which also features Justin Timberlake.

The other two actors are relatively new to the scene. Ehrenreich who was discovered by Steven Spielberg has his most notable role in "Tetro". Dillane's main credit, meanwhile, is "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" in which he portrays young Tom Riddle.

Despite having several names under consideration, Columbia has not conducted screen tests at this early stage. Insiders also point out that the director and studio are still on the lookout while the search itself has been going on for several months.

Recently, Alvin Sargent who wrote "Spider-Man 3" has been hired to rewrite James Vanderbilt's script for this "Spider-Man" reboot. The upcoming action fantasy movie is made in 3-D and targeted for July 3, 2012 release in the U.S. Shooting is expected to begin in late this year.

© AceShowbiz.com




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posted by fretwssfgtty on Jun 04, 2010
well im going out for the auditions. im going to be the rebooted spider-man
posted by cfoshin on May 31, 2010
Ok, reckless peaches, what would you have done with what was left over of the last Spider-man movie, where the actors were each far too expensive and in thier thirties, top villains and characters were tossed away or killed, and the tone of the past films were woefully dated with a 1960's Spider-man feel instead of a realistic ultimate spider-man vibe which would clearly be easier to recieve? A reboot is a good idea. The timing is questionable, but Sony has to put out films like this or the rights would revert to Marvel ( good for fans but bad for Sony). Such is the way the business works.
posted by reckless peaches on May 27, 2010
it's too pathetic for words... rebooting a movie that is not even 10 years old. i knew hollywood ran out of original ideas years ago, but this is so pathetic. i would be ashamed to be attached to a project like this.

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