Aaron Johnson and Anton Yelchin Join Shortlist to Star in Marc Webb’s SPIDER-MAN Reboot

     June 11, 2010

The shortlist to star in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot just got a little longer.  24 Frames reports that Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) are now among the contenders to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the upcoming superhero flick.

Johnson’s an interesting choice because he basically played Peter Parker in Kick-Ass, but without the superpowers.  He’s demonstrated that he can capture the enthusiasm and pathos required for the character. But this raises the question of whether audiences want to see him give the same performance.  Then again, I don’t know if audiences want to see another Spider-Man movie that re-tells the same origin story they saw back in 2002.  So Johnson would be kind of a redux on top of a redux.

Then there’s Yelchin, who’s already in a big name franchise with Star Trek*, but with Spidey he would be the star.  I think Yelchin is a terrific actor and Spider-Man would raise his profile like crazy.  Hit the jump to learn about the other young actors who might play the role.

As we previously reported, the shortlist already includes Jamie Bell (Defiance), Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince), Andrew Garfield (The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus), and Josh Hutcherson (Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant). Earlier in the week, it was rumored that Bell had nabbed the role.  However, with this new story that Yelchin and Johnson are in the running for the part, it looks like Bell isn’t going to do whatever a spider can (at least not yet).

*I’m not counting the Terminator films, because unlike Spider-Man, I think that franchise desperately needs a relaunch.  Judging by the box office and fan reaction to Terminator Salvation, I think/hope it’s going to get one.

  • Hdlkajdnhlaskjd

    Way to post Logan Lerman's pic instead of Aaron Johnson

  • VALENTINEproductions

    I honestly like the Logan Lerman kid. None of these guys says Peter Parker to me.

  • nali

    I honestly think making a origin story again from the begining is a waste of time,why didnt they just make a 4th spidey movie???????

  • YoureGay

    You're dumb. That is Aaron Johnson.

  • Kudos909k

    i thought this was a good idea until they said it was going to be another origin story. now im not so sure.

  • Dogg

    They have to redo the origin story so they can Twilight the hell out of it.

  • http://twitter.com/genreaddict Genre Addict

    I think the same, only I am 99.9% sure that it's a bad idea. I'll set aside .1% that it could be good just to be agreeable.

  • Ryan

    Don't need a reboot or relaunch, especially just ten years after the first one. Make Spidey 4 with Maguire, Dunst, and Raimi. This is going to suck so bad and I think people will hate it.

    With any luck this will be the George Lazenby of the Spider-man films, and executives will rush back to the originals, as they did with Connery

  • silver

    Anton Yelchin ftw. he proved that he has charisma in Charlie Bartlett

  • UnkieDibbs

    With Charlie Bartlett, Yelchin proved that he can over-act the shit out of a role. The “Yankee Doodle” piano scene still makes me cringe.

  • E Presas

    Because Sony Executives wanted a different approach to Spider Man 4. They didn't just let Raimi do his thing and create a wonderful movie, like Spidey 1 and 2. The main reason Spider Man 3 got alot of critical bashing was because if had too many villains, a dancing emo spidey, and no character development, all because the Sony executives pressured Raimi to do so, although he could have done a better job with Venom.

  • E Presas

    I personally think Bell or Lerman can step into the shoes (suit) of Spider-Man. But what my main concern is the suit itself. Anybody know if they're gonna change the design, or keep the same suit and refit it the the actor body profile? Oh and i think they should consider making a Spider-Man 2099 movie. Either that or find some way to bring that suit, the Scarlett suit, or the ORIGINAL black suit, into the franchise. Hell, even the Iron Spidey suit could be a nod to the other existing Marvel characters. Ah, the things one can dream…

  • Grapenuts_robot

    Am I the only person that thinks if Sony MUST do a reboot that going OLDER when he was a teacher is the better way to go? We don't need to see the origin story again. Go older and cast Jamie Bamber.

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  • Jim

    Unkie, you do realise he was supposed to overact in that scene, the whole context is that he's being over the top silly in the scene. Amazing how so many people on here who are not actors nor have they even been on a movie set seem to think they understand acting.

  • UnkieDibbs

    Bad acting is bad acting. PERIOD. Not saying the kid is always terrible, because I think he's fairly decent. However, Charlie Bartlett was a complete mess, and he didn't help the situation.

  • Dina

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  • ToddRansom

    No. Spider-Man definitely needs a reboot and judging by the preliminary story summaries, this is the real and best story of Peter Parker. Toby Maguire was fine, but he wasn't really Peter Parker and the whole story of 3 shot half of Spider-Man's continuing potential. You said that we don't want to see the same story as in 2002, but this story won't really be the same story, not if they stay truer to the comic books. Everybody knew the story in 2002 anyway, its not a new one, its just doing it the right way, with all the fullness of character depth and planning ahead. If you want my opinion, adapt the cartoon The Spectacular Spider-Man and the Ultimate Spider-Man Comics (which they are planning to do) to make the best Spider-Man story. I'm liking Jamie Bell. Yelchin doesn't work. Johnson can't pull off “the Man” part of Spider-Man. I'm not sure about the other guys. I'm more so nervous about Webb. He doesn't have a long resume, but greatness has to start somewhere.

  • ToddRansom

    Because they didn't do the franchise the right way. The stories aren't as good as they could have been and 3 screwed everything up. This is for the best, if they do it right.

  • ToddRansom

    The origin story, in comparison to a fuller origin story, sucked. This is a great idea!!!! They just need to do it the right way this time.

  • ToddRansom

    Ha! No, Maguire is George Lazenby. Except in 3 he was Peter Sellers.

  • ToddRansom

    You're right that would be cool, but I'd prefer some good high-school-years Spider-Man. I like those stories and character dynamics. They didn't approach that enough, but skipped right to college and early adulthood. There is so much to capture in the early years. Plus, they need to fix the origin stories.

  • Madman24

    Go with Lerman

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