Even though we won't have a new "Spider-Man" movie in front of our faces until 2017, the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler will appear on-screen sooner than that, thanks to a role in next summer's "Captain America: Civil War." With that in mind, Marvel and Sony's search for the new Spidey is narrowing down, and we have a few names to mull over today.
The Wrap lists five different actors who are said to be in the running to play the next live-action iteration of Peter Parker. None of the names are confirmed yet, so take it all with a grain of salt for now — but assuming the new Spider-Man comes from this list, we're talking about the following five actors:
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At 20 years old, the "Fault in our Stars" and "Paper Towns" actor is the elder statesman of the actors in the group. He also has a "Spider-Man" connection already through his "TFioS" co-star Shailene Woodley; she played Mary Jane Watson in scenes that were ultimately cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
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You heard his voice in the Tom Hardy thriller "Locke," you saw him survive the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami in "The Impossible" — and if you were lucky, you saw him on stage in "Billy Elliott the Musical," playing the title role in London on and off from 2008 to 2010.
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The star of Oscar-winning writers Nat Faxon and Jim Rash's directorial debut "The Way, Way Back," James has his fair share of experience under his belt. He also appeared on all four seasons of "The Killing," which you would remember if you hadn't tuned out after they didn't reveal the killer in season one.
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Best known for playing Matthew McConaughey's son in "Interstellar," Chalamet was born in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, giving him another connection to the Marvel Universe. If casting Chalamet means we get Spider-Man in "Daredevil" season two, then he has my vote.
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Blue-eyed Butterfield played the title roles in both "Hugo" and "Ender's Game," appearing opposite Ben Kingsley in both movies. Can we make a Butterfield-Kingsley trifecta happen by hiring Asa as Peter Parker, and Sir Ben as Adrian "The Vulture" Toomes? Let's go ahead and book this now, please.
And there you have it, the five rumored names vying for Spider-Man right now. More actors could emerge in the hours, days and weeks ahead, but for now, this is who we're looking at. What do you think? Who looks like the frontrunner? We'll find out soon enough, with shooting about to begin on "Civil War," and the new "Spider-Man" swinging into action not terribly long after.