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Posted at 8:47 PM ET, 07/ 1/2010

Andrew Garfield is the new Spider-Man

By Jen Chaney

Columbia Pictures has issued a press release confirming that Andrew Garfield will play Peter Parker in the next Spider-Man movie.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new Peter Parker. (TWC/2007)

"Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012," the studio says in a statement. "The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt."

Garfield, 27, has landed the role in the wake of much speculation about who would slide into the Spidey suit most recently worn by Tobey Maguire. Other names that were floated as possibilities included young stars like Josh Hutcherson ("Bridge to Terabithia," "The Kids Are all Right"), Jamie Bell, Frank Dillane (Tom Riddle from "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince") and Aaron Johnson of "Kick-Ass" fame.

“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents," said director Webb in a gushing statement that was part of the same press release. "He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

Garfield has appeared onscreen in "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and Robert Redford's "Lions for Lambs," and his profile was already rising before the Spider-Man announcement. He will appear later this year in the film adaptation of the novel "Never Let Me Go," opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, and in David Fincher's Facebook pic, "The Social Network."

But it's fair to guess that becoming Spider-Man is going to vault his career into new, skyscraper-scaling territory.

By Jen Chaney  | July 1, 2010; 8:47 PM ET
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I hope he's funny like he is in the comics, he was always a smartass in the comics & I did like the other spidey movies, but he wasn't the smartass I remember in the comics & I hated what they did to venom

Posted by: bengates42 | July 1, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

What happened to Toby McGuire?

Posted by: petercr23 | July 1, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

I liked Garfield in Dr. Parnassus, but they really needed to grow some cajones and go with Donald Glover.

Posted by: thurdl01 | July 2, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

It's all very Vincent Chase.

Posted by: kbockl | July 2, 2010 8:41 AM | Report abuse

I liked Toby McGuire. Just like Transformers, they're going to ruin the next movie.

Posted by: kelzdagreat16 | July 2, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

I believe this version is going to be more along the lines of Ultimate Spider Man. Back in high school and adjusting...

Posted by: Krazijoe | July 2, 2010 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Nothing more realistic than having someone in their late 20's protraying a teenager.

Posted by: je121819 | July 2, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

shark = jumped

Posted by: BurgundyNGold | July 2, 2010 10:33 AM | Report abuse

I absolutely hate it when they change actors in the SAME SERIES! It's different when another director or studio does a completely different version. Of course they wouldn't go back and use Michael Keaton in the brand new Batman movies. But when they change actors in the same series (George Clooney, Val Kilmer), that's when a series gets real lame.

Posted by: forgetthis | July 2, 2010 11:10 AM | Report abuse

You all should be more upset about Spider Man 4 having a different director. It only makes sense to get a new leading man as well.

Andrew Garfield could pass for a young Peter Parker. Based on his performance in Dr. Parnassus, I'd say he's going to make a great Spider-Man. They obviously chose this guy for a reason.

Posted by: steampunk | July 2, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

So what is this guy, British or American.

Can't an article be published without the hyphenated blah-American.

jeezus, get a grip.

Posted by: rcubedkc | July 2, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

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