Last week, we revealed that the casting search for Marvel and Sony's new Spider-Man is almost complete, with the contenders reportedly being narrowed down to just five actors, Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothée Chalamet and Liam James. The report revealed that the studios will make their final decision within the next two weeks. But today we have word that Asa Butterfield has emerged as the front runner for this coveted superhero role. Sony Pictures and Marvel refused to comment, but one unidentified source claims that the actor may already have the job. Here's what this insider had to say.

"Marvel had liked him since day one."
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The actor's representatives would not comment on the story, but perhaps we're getting closer and closer to an official announcement. It isn't known if Asa Butterfield has officially been offered the role quite yet, but it's certainly possible that Marvel and Sony could unveil the new Spider-Man either this week or next week. It's worth noting that Spidey will first appear in a Marvel movie, most likely Captain America: Civil War, which starts shooting very soon, before the Marvel and Sony-produced Spider-Man hits theaters on July 28, 2017.

18-year-old Asa Butterfield has already amassed a number of big-budget roles in a short period of time. His credits include The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, The Wolfman, Nanny McPhee Returns, Hugo and Ender's Game. He will next be seen in Ten Thousand Saints, opening on August 14, and he is currently shooting Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is set for release next spring. Do you think Asa Butterfield is the perfect choice for Peter Parker? Let us know what you think below.