Andrew Garfield has been unveiled as the star of the new Spider-Man movie.
The part was previously played by Tobey Maguire, but earlier this year it was announced he would not be returning for the fourth instalment of the superhero franchise. Columbia Pictures has since conducted a worldwide search for a new actor to take the role, and it has now been confirmed Andrew has landed the role. The film will begin shooting in December, and is set for release in 3D in July 2012.
"Spider-Man is a classic superhero - a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment," Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said in a statement. "We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."
Spider-Man 4 will be directed by Marc Webb, whose previous credits include 500 Days of Summer. He is thrilled to be working with Andrew, who he says has "extraordinary talents".
Andrew, 26, has starred in movies such as The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and Lions for Lambs. He is the lead in Never Let Me Go, which also stars Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan and is set for release later this year.