Last month, we reported that Sony and Marvel's front runner to play the new Spider-Man is Asa Butterfield, who was one of the two top contenders rumored to be up for the coveted role, along with Tom Holland. Today we have a new report that the studios have officially decided on Asa Butterfield as the new Spider-Man, with the actor currently in negotiations with the studio. This hasn't been confirmed by Sony or Marvel yet, but it seems the search for the new Peter Parker may now be over. Or is it?
When Marvel and Sony first struck a deal to bring Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe earlier this year, part of the arrangement is that the new Spider-Man will first debut in an upcoming Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, which is currently in production. While it has never been confirmed that this is the movie he will appear in, it makes the most sense, since Spidey appears in the Civil War comics. Production is already under way in Atlanta on Captain America: Civil War, although Spider-Man's scenes won't be shot until June.
The Hollywood Reporter's Borys Kit has a conflicting report that no offer has been made to Asa Butterfield yet, but both Marvel and Sony do like him. The actor is reportedly coming in to test for studio executives this week, and it's possible that the deal Asa Butterfield may be negotiating is a testing deal. Of course, nothing has been confirmed, so it looks like the casting race is still ongoing for the new Peter Parker.
The stand alone Spider-Man movie doesn't have a screenwriter or director in place yet, and very little is known about the story. There have been rumors that the new Spider-Man will be the first of three or four new movies, each of which will cover one year of Peter Parker's time in high school. Asa Butterfield most recently starred in Ender's Game and he is currently shooting Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Do you think Asa Butterfield is the right choice to play the new Peter Parker? Chime in with your thoughts below.