Marvel and Sony have found their Spider-Man and director

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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have found their Peter Parker/Spider-Man and its director for the next Spider-Man solo movie. There were rumors that Asa Butterfield was the next to don the Spider-Man mantle, but it was later dismissed. Next in line was Tom Holland, and I guess they liked what they saw, and he’ll be the next iteration of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. As for the person to direct the new Spider-Man movie, it’s going to be Jon Watts. He was the director of Cop Car which debuted earlier this year at Sundance Film Festival.

Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal conducted a very extensive search for the actor and director for the new film. Holland’s performance in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, as well as complex screen testings made him the best choice in their minds. As for Jon Watts, Marvel has traditionally worked with the next wave of bright directors. Watts also went through his own trials and tribulations with the studios, Kevin Feige, and Amy Pascal, before winning the gig.

Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, had this to say in regards to the announcement:

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.

Kevin Feige had this to say:

As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.

Amy Pascal said:

Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world.  With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Source: Marvel

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