On Saturday, we reported that, according to HitFix, actor Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson) was “almost 100% locked” to star in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot. Tonight, Deadline is reporting that “Lerman was 100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered.” This is February all over again when Lerman said he was in early discussions to play the part and Sony responded that, “No offers have been made, nor have any business discussions been made with Lerman.”
Obviously, this is a major role and everyone wants to know who will have the near-impossible task of following Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Maybe we’ll all wake up tomorrow and learn that Lerman is Peter Parker, but only in the metaphysical sense that, on some level, we are all Peter Parker. As always, I’m going to keep my fingers crossed for metaphysical casting news.
For a brief refresher on the Spidey reboot story thus far, hit the jump.
Last year, Spider-Man 4 was shut down and Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, et al. were all kicked to the curb for wanting more time to get the story right. Instead, Sony opted to reboot the franchise with a script by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) that was already written. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) was brought on board to direct and now we’re waiting to see who will get to wear the webs. The Spider-Man reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 3, 2012 so it’s probably time to start cracking on that whole casting thing.