Good news for Columbus Spider-Man fans: Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced the name of the new actor hired to play Peter Parker in Spider-Man 4. Andrew Garfield will be swinging into movie theaters in 2012 wearing Spider-Man’s patented blue and red tights.
From Sony’s press release:
After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Garfield, a 27-year-old Brit, is a comparatively unknown actor in the United States. But he has made quite a name for himself in British stage productions, winning several various “newcomer” awards in the process. American audiences may recognize him most from roles in The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus, the late Heath Ledger’s last picture, and Lions and Lambs, directed by and starring opposite Robert Redford. Garfield will also co-star opposite Keira Knightley in The Social Network later this year.
Spider-Man 4 (it is unknown whether this is the final title) joins a packed movie release schedule for Marvel. Next year alone will see the premiere of Thor in May, X-Men: First Class in June and Captain America: First Avenger in July, with several other projects in the pipeline for 2012 and beyond.