Contrary to all the rumors that were flying fast and furious across the Intardwebz and cable networks, Sony Pictures has found its Peter Parker for the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise in Andrew Garfield.
“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” Webb said of Garfield. “He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity.”
Garfield’s name had been bandied about over the last month, with other actors taking more of the spotlight during the mad rumor rush to announce the casting. It wasn’t until a press conference in Cancun that Sony unveiled Garfield to national press. For those that think Garfield is too young, the actor is 26 years old as he plays the high school aged Parker. That’s the same age Tobey Maguire was when he appeared in the first Spider-Man film.
Contrast that to Tom Welling, who was 24 when he was cast to play Clark Kent in the 2001 launch of Smallville.