Way, way back in January (has it really been that long?) I wrote about the revamping of the newly defunct Spiderman series. While I am still hesitant about starting a new version of the series so quickly after the fall of the last, I will be the first to admit that the last Spiderman film was so bad, I am just happy they are going in another direction. Well, it was announced this week that Andrew Garfield will be the next Peter Parker.
Garfield can be seen in last year’s Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus. In it, he has to compete with Heath Ledger for the heart of the heroine, so one plus about Garfield is that he knows how to play the sad underdog. He also has a younger look, which I know they’re going for with the revamp. And I did like his work in Parnassus (part of which is in the video at the bottom), so that’s always good, too.
Some of the media has commented that it’s strange how the new Spiderman is actually not American (Garfield was born in the US, but was raised in Britain and has a British accent). However, if you look at the list of potential Spidermans put out last month, most of the actors in the running are from the UK (I’m actually kind of surprised Kickass’s Aaron Johnson didn’t get the role because he’s proved he can pull off an American accent and can play an unlikely superhero).
Coincidentally, the new Spiderman comes out on July 3rd, 2012, exactly two years away from this weekend. Do you think you’ll be in the theaters for it?