In the days since Marc Webb become the directorial heir to Sam Raimi’s big screen “Spider-Man” franchise, online speculation has suggested Webb could turn to some familiar talent to fill the shoes—and the spandex—of Peter Parker: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, whom he directed in “(500) Days of Summer.”
On that particular rumor, Gordon-Levitt didn’t have much to say when he stopped by MTV News’ Sundance suite. Literally. The 28-year-old actor would only offer a series of shrugs and sly grins when the topic of taking over the role of Parker came up (hit play on the video and make of that body language what you will).
Gordon-Levitt was considerably more forthcoming when it came to the subject of Webb’s take on the franchise. “I’ve had some really cool conversations about what he wants to do with it, and I think it’s going to be a really good movie,” he said.
Not everyone is as convinced. A few days earlier at Sundance, James Franco told us he’s worried that not enough time has passed between the earlier franchise—starring himself and Tobey Maguire as Parker—and perhaps for the “viewers you want a little space so you can get the other stuff out of your head.”
But Gordon-Levitt, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for his turn in “(500) Days,” maintained that plucking Webb for “Spider-Man” was a brilliant move on the part of Marvel Studios and Columbia Pictures.
“I think it’s the smartest thing they could have done because movies like that are good when they’re not just big action movies, but when they have a humanity to them and a heart, like ’The Dark Knight’ and ’Iron Man,’ ” he explained. “And Marc Webb, it’s what he did with ’(500 Days of Summer.’ It’s not just a romantic comedy, it’s about two unique human beings, and it has a heart to it. I think he’s going to make a really good movie.”
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