With Sam Raimi no longer directing the next Spider-Man movie, Sony pictures had to cast a new leading actor for the web slinger. Yesterday it was announced that British up-and-comer Andrew Garfield would take over the reigns from Tobey Maquire.
Columbia Pictures confirms that Andrew Garfield, 26, has nabbed the highly sought-after role of Peter Parker after a worldwide search. Garfield, while largely unknown in the states, is one of the U.K.?s most highly regarded up-and-comers. He appeared in Terry Gilliam?s The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus as well as John Crowley?s Boy A, for which he received a best actor BAFTA in 2008. He?s been getting heat in the U.S., too. This year the young Brit will be starring opposite Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake in the Facebook movie Social Network, directed by David Fincher, and will star in the Oscar-bait drama Never Let Me Go opposite Carey Mulligan (An Education) and Keira Knightley.
Spider-Man 4 is set for a summer 2012 release.