Andrew Garfield Cast as New Spider-Man

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Photo: The Weinstein Co.

Sure glad I held off on reporting yesterday’s rumors that Josh Hutcherson had been cast as Peter Parker/Spider-Man because today Columbia Pictures has announced Andrew Garfield will portray Peter Parker in the currently Untitled Spider-Man Reboot for director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer).

Garfield was among the names on a recent list of eight actors said to be testing for the role. Among the names he beat out for the role were Jamie Bell, Anton Yelchin, Aaron Johnson, Logan Lerman, Alden Ehrenreich, Frank Dillane and Michael Angarano.

Webb commented in the press release saying, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

Garfield is an up-and-coming actor probably best known for his role in the Red Riding Trilogy and a small role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, but will become more widely known with roles in David Fincher’s The Social Network and as one of the leads alongside Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go later this year.

It was said Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role, which is expected to shoot this fall for a July 3, 2012 release.