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.

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