Andrew Garfield is new 'Spider-Man': studio
Friday 02 July 2010
Little-known British actor Andrew Garfield will be the star of the next film based on web-slinging superhero "Spider-Man," it was announced Thursday.
Garfield, 26, steps into the void vacated by Tobey Maguire, the star of the first three films in the franchise which have grossed nearly 2.5 billion dollars worldwide since 2002.
Garfield's previous credits include Terry Gilliam's quirky "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassius" and the British indie film "Boy A."
He also has a starring role in this year's film based on the rise of Facebook, "The Social Network."
The new "Spider-Man" will be a reboot of the franchise, taking the character of Peter Parker back to his origins, studio bosses have said.
Maguire dropped out amid rumors of creative differences between director Sam Raimi, who had helmed the first three films, and Sony Pictures Entertainment concerning the script.
The new film is to be directed by Marc Webb, who received plaudits for 2009 low-budget hit "500 Days of Summer."
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