Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have announced that Tom Holland will be playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jon Watts was also announced as the director of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, taking over from Marc Webb. The news comes after a worldwide casting search that saw many hopefuls come and go including Asa Butterfield and Charlie Rowe. Producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal led the search for the latest incarnation of the wise cracking wall crawler and were very impressed with Holland.
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures group chairman, said: “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start”. The next Spider-Man film will be swinging into cinemas in 2017.