Spider-Man's secret identity is no longer a secret: Andrew Garfield is officially the new man under the superhero's mask.
Sony Pictures has announced that Garfield ("The Social Network," "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus") will portray Peter Parker in director Marc Webb's forthcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Based on a screenplay written by James Vanderbilt, the new "Spider-Man" film is said to bring the web-slinging hero back to his high school roots, meaning that the 27-year-old Garfield will need to tap into his inner teenage angst for the comic book role.
"Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents," Webb said of Garfield's casting. "He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."
In a joint statement, Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal and President of Columbia Pictures Matt Tolmach said: "Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film 'The Social Network,' to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."
"I'm incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield," added producer Avi Arad. "In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future."
The upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot will be shot in 3-D and is scheduled to hit theaters on July 3, 2012. In winning the role of Peter Parker, Garfield beat out an extensive list of rumored candidates ranging from "Kick-Ass" star Aaron Johnson to "Journey to the Center of the Earth" actor Josh Hutcherson. Garfield succeeds outgoing star Tobey Maguire, who played the superhero in three previous Sam Raimi-directed films.