SPIDER-MAN Reboot Shortlist Includes Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenrich, Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield, and Josh Hutcherson

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Ever since Sony announced that the next entry in the Spider-Man franchise would be a reboot rather than a sequel to the Sam Raimi films, speculation has been rampant as to what young actor might fill Tobey Macguire’s boots as a teenage Peter Parker.  Alvin Sargent (Spider-Man 3) is currently in the middle of re-writing James Vanderbilt’s (Zodiac) script, which is said to be “a more gritty, contemporary redo of the series” with a high school setting.  Meanwhile, director Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer) has reportedly been meeting with potential candidates for months now.

Hit the jump for details on the potential spider-men, including Jamie Bell, Alden Ehrenrich, Frank Dillane, Andrew Garfield, and Josh Hutcherson.

Here’s the shortlist according to Heat Vision:

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Jamie Bell, 24
Bell got his start in the inspirational dance flick Billy Elliott.  Recent appearances include King Kong and Jumper.  He’ll soon be seen in the high-profile The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn directed by Steven Spielberg and produced by Peter Jackson.

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Alden Ehrenreich, 20
A relative newcomer to the scene.  Steven Spielberg discovered the actor when a funny video Ehrenreich taped aired at a bat mitzvah the renowned director attended (so cool).  His most notable role is in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro.

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Frank Dillane, 19
Another newbie.  He was the kid who creepily (but forcefully) portrayed a young Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.  Recall that Summit cherrypicked Robert Pattinson from the Harry Potter franchise for Twilight, though admittedly he was playing the charming Cedric Diggory rather than a pint-sized He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named.

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Andrew Garfield, 27
Garfield paid his dues on British television.  Last year, he had a role in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.  Garfield also has the David Fincher stamp of approval, as the director cast him as a co-founder of Facebook in this fall’s The Social Network

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Josh Hutcherson, 18
Hutcherson made the Hollywood rounds as a child actor over the last eight years, with roles in fantasy/sci-fi fare like Zathura, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant.  And hey, he’s the only one on the list actually young enough to theoretically attend high school.




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  • Kevin MP

    Jamie Bell would be a good choice, but I think they should have kept Logan Lerman as a frontrunner.

  • IllusionOfLife

    None of them are dorky enough. Say what you will about Toby McGuire's acting, he most certainly fit the part of Peter Parker.

    I keep hoping that Sony will say something that will make me not hate the idea of a Spider-Man reboot, but so far they've only done the opposite. I don't know, any of these guys could work I suppose, but for the love of god, don't let it be Hutcherson. He irritates the crap out of me.

  • IllusionOfLife

    None of them are dorky enough. Say what you will about Toby McGuire's acting, he most certainly fit the part of Peter Parker.

    I keep hoping that Sony will say something that will make me not hate the idea of a Spider-Man reboot, but so far they've only done the opposite. I don't know, any of these guys could work I suppose, but for the love of god, don't let it be Hutcherson. He irritates the crap out of me.

  • faustapp

    So I'm assuming the symbiote this time around posses you and turns you into a indie duche.

  • macca

    I think it has to be between Hutcherson,or Frank Dillane,i can't really see the others playin parker and their too old.

  • forsaken1304

    these are all horrible horrible choices

  • tbone

    this just goes to show you that Hollywood pisses even on the biggest players in town. Sam and Toby were a great team and now Sony has decided to re-boot Spiderman with these douche bags! OMFG! What a crime! Sans Toby and Sam.
    Eff Sony!
    They are going to turn it into a fucking New Moon project with waspy ass, out of touch characters like in the New Moon movies.
    Look at the possible male choices for Sipdy.MEH! And who the hell knows them(cheap to hire though!). They all look like them pussies that work in Abercrombie and Fitch. Metro male skanks!

  • Jess

    Big mistake. They should go for Anton Yelchin.

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  • http://twitter.com/kckanuck Kelly Humphrey

    I Don't get a nerd-vibe from any of those guys.

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  • Where's the dork?

    Remember when Sam Raimi was confirmed as the director of Spiderman and they were still looking for someone to play the part? Someone asked about one of the current (at the time) Hollywood golden boys for the role. A mister Freddie Prinze Jr. Remember Raimi's reaction? That's all I see up there: guys I wouldn't even let IN to SEE the movie, let alone play the character.

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  • Thomas

    ANTON YELCHIN!!!!!

  • center64

    honestly i dnt think any of these guys have the acting chops to pull off this kind of roll

  • justice

    DONALD GLOVER PLEASE! He has more personality than any of these LAME-Os

  • Dimitrig15

    I would say Josh Hutcherson. He can be Spidey

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  • Mavent

    Yeah, it clearly takes a lot of acting skills to play a CGI superhero.

  • Mavent

    Apparently you never saw “Spiderman 3″. Either that, or you were two busy thinking of Macho things to write on this message board to remember how insufferably stupid the scenes of Toby playing piano or dancing down the street with his Emo haircut were.

  • Mikemusic80

    Josh Hutcherson fits the part he’s young and a great actor not Jamie bell he’s 2 old 2 be in high school

  • Mikemusic81

    Josh Hutcherson fits the part he’s young and a good actor not Jamie bell he’s 2 old 2 be in high school

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