Just hours after reporting that Sony Pictures and Marvel have narrowed down their choices to play the new Spider-Man, The Wrap has revealed which actors are in contention. The short list includes Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothée Chalamet and Liam James. Sony is expected to issue testing offers to several young actors next week, with a decision expected to come within the next two to three weeks, although it may take longer for the deal to become finalized.
None of the five aforementioned actors have received test offers, but The Wrap's sources claim they are "strong contenders" for the role at this point. When Sony and Marvel struck their deal for Spider-Man, it was reported that the character will first appear in a Marvel movie, which has long been believed to be Captain America: Civil War. This new report essentially confirms that Spider-Man will be in Captain America: Civil War, which starts shooting in two weeks, although the actor who plays Spider-Man won't be needed on set until June.
Drew Goddard is believed to be the front runner to direct the new Spider-Man, since he was originally set to direct The Sinister Six spinoff. All we know about the Spider-Man reboot thus far is it will not be an origin story, although it will take the character back to high school, as he tries to navigate his crime-fighting gig with everyday high school life. If we do get an official casting announcement soon, perhaps the studios will also shed some light on the story as well.
Nat Wolff will next be seen in this summer's young adult adaptation Paper Towns, and he is also starring in The Stand. Asa Butterfield recently starred in Ender's Game and he is set to star in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Tom Holland starred in last year's indie thriller Locke and in the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea. Liam James is best known for roles in 2012 and The Way, Way Back, while Timothée Chalamet recently starred in Men, Women & Children and Interstellar.