Spiderman Reboot turns to UK for actor

The new Spiderman reboot which is aimed at looking at Peter Parker’s high school years has shocked many with the casting announcement of young British actor, Andrew Garfield to take over from Tobey Maguire in the role of Spidey.

Director, Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer), alongside, producers Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, issued the statement; “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” said Webb in a statement. “He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

And as for the franchises reboot, where do you believe this leaves our animal infested superhero? Exploring his high school years is certainly a new way to look at the hero but personally the point of a reboot is so that people can start the story again, particularly when the franchise is not popular, but Spideman is the 8th best box office smash franchise with total worldwide figures looking at $2,496,346,518… so why now?

With rumours flying around about the actual story, some believe the villain may be Lizard whereas others have said the stories will be based on the ‘Ultimate Spiderman Comics’, but whatever happens, we know that it will certainly be a change in tone from Sam Raimi, much like Christopher Nolan’s reboot of ‘Batman Begins’.

So looking at it, Andrew Garfield… who actually is he? The American-British actor appeared opposite Robert Redford in ‘Lions for Lambs’ as Todd, a university student who continually questions the war and it’s methods. After appearing in Channel 4’s ‘Boy A’ and 2008’s adaptation of Philippa Gregory’s ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’, he played Anton the street magician in ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ and is due to be seen next in ‘Never Let Me Go’ starring Kiera Knightly and Carey Mulligan based on the Kazuo Ishiguro novel and ‘The Social Network’ by David Fincher based upon the founding of Facebook and social sites of the like.

So with film due to begin in December this year, are we excited about this reboot? I was not sure before, but since the reveal of their main star, the boy can clearly act… I’m now looking forward to this.

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Ollie has written for Front Row Reviews pretty much since its inception about seven years ago whilst still studying Film & Television. Since then, he was trust into the world of independent film distribution and has recently started working with Picturehouse Entertainment in their Marketing Department. Having written and produced two radio series, he is moving hoping to (one day) write a web series/short film/feature (delete as appropriate ;)). His favourite director is David Lynch (which makes him make a lot of sense!) and his favourite films are The Hours, Mulholland Drive, Volver, Blade Runner and Bridget Jones Diary.

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