Marvel’s top six contenders for the role of Spider-Man have been revealed, as the actors screen tested on the Captain America: Civil War set ahead of a casting decision expected by early next week.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Spider-Man screen test took place on Saturday in Atlanta, where Civil War is currently filming, and included six teenaged actors. Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland were among the group of contenders, which also included Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer (previously seen on Boardwalk Empire), and Charlie Rowe. Previous reports that stated Butterfield had been offered the Spider-Man role have since been proven false, as Marvel and Sony are only now nearing the end of the casting process.
— IGN (@IGN) May 31, 2015
Other rumors had also centered around the possibility of Martin Freeman appearing as Spider-Man in Civil War. As the Inquisitr previously reported, the Hobbit actor joined the cast of the film earlier this month, amid much speculation about which character he would be portraying. Freeman’s place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has yet to be revealed.
Captain America: Civil War will mark Spider-Man’s debut in the MCU, as Flickering Myth points out, after a highly publicized deal between Marvel and Sony which was concluded in February. Spider-Man will then feature in his own solo movie, which will hit theaters in July, 2017.
Marvel president Kevin Feige, as well as former head and Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal, were on hand for the screen tests, as were Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Civil War. Feige previously discussed Marvel’s new take on Spider-Man, citing the re-invention of Batman at the hands of director Christopher Nolan as a precedent.
“It’s a similar thing, obviously tonally completely different from Batman, but we’re very excited about any number of things about Spidey and his standalone adventures.”
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) May 31, 2015
In the MCU, Spider-Man is set to be in high school, and the casting decision is said to largely involve an actor’s ability to convey the character’s teenaged nature. The actors range in age from 19 to as low as 14, with Butterfield and Holland both 18-years-old. While it is expected that one of the finalists will be chosen as Spider-Man, the Hollywood Reporter noted that there is a slim chance Marvel would reject them all and continue searching.
A casting decision is expected early next week, revealing the new face of Spider-Man set to debut in Captain America: Civil War.
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