Behind The Scenes News On Marvel's SPIDER-MAN Casting Pick; Details On CIVIL WAR Role

A new report sheds some light on how Marvel went out choosing the leading actor and director of their Spider-Man reboot, and it was a very interesting - and unique - process. We also have some further details on just how much Peter Parker will factor into Captain America: Civil War...

Variety has an interesting piece up which reveals more details about how Marvel and Sony went about choosing Tom Holland to play the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man. While they initially met with unknowns between the ages of 14 - 18, the search was apparently widened to those with a proven track record when those underwhelmed, hence why Asa Butterfield was a serious contender for a while. Butterfield, Holland, Charlie Rowe and Matthew Lintz were all flown out to the set of Captain America: Civil War to test with the actors they will be working with in that movie. Don't expect him to have a major role (which is still unconfirmed by Marvel themselves) though as the site points out that, "Spider-Man is only expected to have a cameo in 'Captain America: Civil War,' so there wasn’t a rush to make a decision since the thesp would only be shooting for about a week." 

Apparently, Marvel recently cut down their directors shortlist to Jon Watts, Jonathan Levine, and Ted Melfi. However, the latter two are said to have become frustrated with the process of being chosen, and decided to drop out (in fear that it may carry over to the production), helping Watts land the gig. There aren't any firm details on why Holland was cast in the role, but Marvel and Sony may have chosen someone older in the end to avoid the child labour laws that restrict the lengths of shoots. More details on the casting can be found by clicking here. What do you think?
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