And newbie filmmaker Jon Watts is the director.
Marvel Studios and Sony pictures proudly announced that their new web slinger is young British dramatic actor Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea, The Impossible).
Holland was one of the 1,500 hopefuls from across the world, then he got shortlisted with actors like Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis,Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. He is then ultimately picked for his “special screen-tests.”
He will appear first as a cameo in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 before having his first standalone film in 2017.
Jon Watts was reportedly hand-picked by Kevin Feige after he impressed the studios for his take on Peter Parker/Spider-Man. His contenders for the gig were Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and Ted Melfi (St. Vincent).
Watts doesn’t have much of a resume yet and fun fact: he has worked for the satirical The Onion News Network in 2011. He may be a comedy director first but he has also done two new films in the drama genre.
Head honchos of Sony and Marvel have expressed their excitement for the two:
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” – Kevin Feige, Marvel
“Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” – Amy Pascal, Sony