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Who are the updated candidates for Spider-Man?

06.28.2010

The popular theory is that Sony Pictures has a pre-Comic-Con deadline for casting the star of the upcoming SPIDER-MAN reboot so they can make a big splash with the actor at the late-July convention. Word broke over the weekend that the studio hunkered down last week with a bunch of screen tests in the hopes of finding their guy. So who did they watch?

Deadline has the list of screen testers which includes Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Andrew Garfield, Logan Lerman and Alden Ehrenreich. Reportedly Michael Angarano is also on that final list but it's unclear if he's tested for the part yet. There's not much new there as almost all these guys have been rumored for the role since the very beginning (with Lerman at one point reportedly securing the deal only to have Sony issue a flat-out denial).

So who do you think the best choice is? I like Yelchin but I'm not sure how much filming on FRIGHT NIGHT would interfere with Sony's plans for pre-production. I also think Angarano is a pretty solid choice. I think what's key to remember here is that you're casting Peter Parker first and foremost and Angarano has a very Peter Parker vibe to him (certainly much more than Garfield who recently has worked as a model for Vogue).

What's surprising to me is that Lerman is still on the list. Sony was so adamant at one point that he wasn't even being considered and now it seems like that was mostly lip service to refute rumors that Lerman was the frontrunner. If he wasn't being considered, how did he make it to the final candidates? Is all this just a ploy to get some bargaining power over Lerman whose reps might've felt had some leverage in the negotiations?...

Extra Tidbit: I like Aaron Johnson and I think he's a fine actor but that's the least inspired choice I could think of for SPIDER-MAN.
Source: Deadline

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8:17PM on 06/30/2010
Having said that, Angarano should get to play a [link] Nolan, make it happen!
Having said that, Angarano should get to play a [link] Nolan, make it happen!
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8:15PM on 06/30/2010

Fail!!!

This should answer all problems with this shitty reboot.
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This should answer all problems with this shitty reboot.
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11:23AM on 06/29/2010
Give it to Yelchin. He's the most talented of the bunch, and also has the most potential to capture Peter Parker's geeky awkwardness. Seriously, if they don't pick Yelchin, I'll be GREATLY disappointed.
Give it to Yelchin. He's the most talented of the bunch, and also has the most potential to capture Peter Parker's geeky awkwardness. Seriously, if they don't pick Yelchin, I'll be GREATLY disappointed.
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1:11AM on 06/29/2010

How about Will Smith's kid?

I really couldn't care less about this "reboot"
I really couldn't care less about this "reboot"
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12:45AM on 06/29/2010

I still vote Donald Glover

FOr two reasons:

1) He is just hilarious! It could be a the Burton Batman all over again!

2) The Uncle Ben jokes would write themselves!
FOr two reasons:

1) He is just hilarious! It could be a the Burton Batman all over again!

2) The Uncle Ben jokes would write themselves!
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10:07PM on 06/28/2010

Alden Ehrenreich

Buddy is the best choice.
Buddy is the best choice.
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4:42PM on 06/28/2010
Angarano!
Angarano!
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4:00PM on 06/28/2010

stop!

none of these dudes seem to be good choices...it's just like captain america all over again!
none of these dudes seem to be good choices...it's just like captain america all over again!
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2:27PM on 06/28/2010
Why do this at all? I know, money, but still! Yelchin, could be great, or Lerman, but the rest, and especially Bell, hells no! (I love Bell, but he's too old)
Why do this at all? I know, money, but still! Yelchin, could be great, or Lerman, but the rest, and especially Bell, hells no! (I love Bell, but he's too old)
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1:19PM on 06/28/2010
Honestly not interested in ANY of these choices. Maybe they should skip the movie and just pour the money into the Broadway musical.

I kid, I kid.
Honestly not interested in ANY of these choices. Maybe they should skip the movie and just pour the money into the Broadway musical.

I kid, I kid.
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12:49PM on 06/28/2010

Let me know when it's cast...

...in the meantime I'm just not interested.
...in the meantime I'm just not interested.
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12:49PM on 06/28/2010
I just don't now anymore. Or really care for that matter...cripes put me on the list of who should be cast, lol Seems everyone else is.
I just don't now anymore. Or really care for that matter...cripes put me on the list of who should be cast, lol Seems everyone else is.
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12:09PM on 06/28/2010

Too Late

After insurmountable amounts of news stories dealing with likely candidates for this film, I don't care anymore.
After insurmountable amounts of news stories dealing with likely candidates for this film, I don't care anymore.
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11:44AM on 06/28/2010
Reboots of the Superhero films are gonna stale quick on the audience if they include what we already know all too well about our favorite Superheroes-the dreadful origins.
Reboots of the Superhero films are gonna stale quick on the audience if they include what we already know all too well about our favorite Superheroes-the dreadful origins.
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11:44AM on 06/28/2010
I agree w/"Balboa6" I can't bare either another origin story-I hate Superhero origin stories. Even in print as a kid!
I agree w/"Balboa6" I can't bare either another origin story-I hate Superhero origin stories. Even in print as a kid!
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11:43AM on 06/28/2010

Heck, why not Nic Cage, theyll cast him in anything.

Just leave it alone Sony. ya it may have not been the best comic series done. It had its good and bad points, but this is not worth rebooting. Its waaaay too soon, and if its not broke dont fix it. All I can say is if this does get done, its gonna be a disaster not having Raimi at the helm directing. Good luck, but I wont be wasting my money just so they can make more money on the frnachise.
Just leave it alone Sony. ya it may have not been the best comic series done. It had its good and bad points, but this is not worth rebooting. Its waaaay too soon, and if its not broke dont fix it. All I can say is if this does get done, its gonna be a disaster not having Raimi at the helm directing. Good luck, but I wont be wasting my money just so they can make more money on the frnachise.
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11:34AM on 06/28/2010
Anton Yelchin would make a great Peter Parker, he's got that geek chic persona. As for the rebooting concept that DeadAce spoke against, it was necessary for the Hulk, that first movie blew goat nuts, if they continued that mess it would have lost them some fans for the up and coming Avengers.
Anton Yelchin would make a great Peter Parker, he's got that geek chic persona. As for the rebooting concept that DeadAce spoke against, it was necessary for the Hulk, that first movie blew goat nuts, if they continued that mess it would have lost them some fans for the up and coming Avengers.
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11:28AM on 06/28/2010

LOGAN LERMAN FTW

Hate to say I told you so but........I TOLD YOU SO! Just look at my display pic. Lerman ftw!
Hate to say I told you so but........I TOLD YOU SO! Just look at my display pic. Lerman ftw!
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11:09AM on 06/28/2010
I can hardly bear the thought of having to deal with another origin story. I can't understand, for the life of me, why they felt the need to reboot the franchise when Tobey Maguire was on board for two sequels. They could have redeemed themselves for the disappointing third installment, which I personally didn't think was completely terrible (just overloaded and mishandled). They could have figured out a way to bring Venom back and done him justice and maybe in the last installment they could
I can hardly bear the thought of having to deal with another origin story. I can't understand, for the life of me, why they felt the need to reboot the franchise when Tobey Maguire was on board for two sequels. They could have redeemed themselves for the disappointing third installment, which I personally didn't think was completely terrible (just overloaded and mishandled). They could have figured out a way to bring Venom back and done him justice and maybe in the last installment they could have had Carnage be the villain (imagine the extremely dark and gritty territory that could have been explored there). It just doesn't make any sense to me. The trailer will have to be mindblowing for me to have any interest in the reboot whatsoever.
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11:44AM on 06/28/2010
Couldn't agree more! with yr loathing of another dreadful origin story played out on screen...
Couldn't agree more! with yr loathing of another dreadful origin story played out on screen...
11:53AM on 06/28/2010
Totally agree with ya!
Totally agree with ya!
11:04AM on 06/28/2010
Any of these guys can blow Maguire's goofy portrayal of Parker out of the water. I'd go with either Yelchin or Bell.

Can't wait for this reboot to get rolling. Spidey needs new blood!
Any of these guys can blow Maguire's goofy portrayal of Parker out of the water. I'd go with either Yelchin or Bell.

Can't wait for this reboot to get rolling. Spidey needs new blood!
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11:52AM on 06/28/2010
The only time it was goofy was Spiderman 3, which we all agree sucked ass. Spidey 1 & 2 were great!
The only time it was goofy was Spiderman 3, which we all agree sucked ass. Spidey 1 & 2 were great!
12:07PM on 06/28/2010
Parker as a whole was goofy. I'm looking forward to this reboot.
Parker as a whole was goofy. I'm looking forward to this reboot.
11:00AM on 06/28/2010
If it has to be these, I'd have to go with Ehrenreich.
If it has to be these, I'd have to go with Ehrenreich.
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10:59AM on 06/28/2010

Donald Glover

"The last thing we need is another white kid as Spiderman"
- Donald Glover

C'mon fanboys, let's make it happen!
"The last thing we need is another white kid as Spiderman"
- Donald Glover

C'mon fanboys, let's make it happen!
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11:02AM on 06/28/2010
I honestly don't see the problem with finding someone "not white" playing the part - and I love Donald Glover - but he just doesn't fit the bill.
I honestly don't see the problem with finding someone "not white" playing the part - and I love Donald Glover - but he just doesn't fit the bill.
11:05AM on 06/28/2010
Hah! You took an out of context joke as a push for Glover who is WRONG for the role! Nah.
Hah! You took an out of context joke as a push for Glover who is WRONG for the role! Nah.
10:51AM on 06/28/2010
Jamie Bell. Yeah I said it.
Jamie Bell. Yeah I said it.
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10:43AM on 06/28/2010
Parker should be Lerman!
Parker should be Lerman!
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10:41AM on 06/28/2010
I don't mind different directors or actors , but it would be preferable to keep the ball rolling on the story, just like the comics.
I don't mind different directors or actors , but it would be preferable to keep the ball rolling on the story, just like the comics.
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10:29AM on 06/28/2010
I love how the big studios just keep dipping their balls into people's mouths like this. Then again, there must be enough morons out there to make an audience for this.
I love how the big studios just keep dipping their balls into people's mouths like this. Then again, there must be enough morons out there to make an audience for this.
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9:49AM on 06/28/2010
stop rebooting films right after one has premiered! It was stupid with the Hulk, it'll be stupid with Fantastic 4, and it's stupid with Spidey! Leave it alone for 10 years and bring it back when it'll feel fresh!
stop rebooting films right after one has premiered! It was stupid with the Hulk, it'll be stupid with Fantastic 4, and it's stupid with Spidey! Leave it alone for 10 years and bring it back when it'll feel fresh!
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10:01AM on 06/28/2010
I know the reboots are annoying but the studios that own the Marvel properties have to have their projects in some stage of production or the rights go back to Marvel and ultimately Disney due to the deal made by the studios when the comic giant was purchased last year. If Sony, Fox, Lionsgate, or Universal don't use what they have they lose the rights and millions of dollars in the process.
I know the reboots are annoying but the studios that own the Marvel properties have to have their projects in some stage of production or the rights go back to Marvel and ultimately Disney due to the deal made by the studios when the comic giant was purchased last year. If Sony, Fox, Lionsgate, or Universal don't use what they have they lose the rights and millions of dollars in the process.
10:06AM on 06/28/2010
The Fantastic 4 films were HORRIBLE! Why not reboot and pretend those films never happened?

As for Spider-Man, Michael Angarano isn't a terrible choice. He has the right level of awkwardness to play a teenage Peter Parker and he played a hero in Sky High (an underrated film).
The Fantastic 4 films were HORRIBLE! Why not reboot and pretend those films never happened?

As for Spider-Man, Michael Angarano isn't a terrible choice. He has the right level of awkwardness to play a teenage Peter Parker and he played a hero in Sky High (an underrated film).
9:38AM on 06/28/2010
If I had to choose....none of them. Tobey Maguire with a good script again.
If I had to choose....none of them. Tobey Maguire with a good script again.
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