Today Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have announced that Tom Holland (The Impossible, How I Live Now) will be the new web slinger, while Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown) will be directing. The film will release in IMAX and 3D on July 28 2017.
In a blog post Marvel says that themselves and Sony Pictures, as well as producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for an actor and direction and came away impressed by Holland's performances in "The Impossible," "Wolf Hall," and the upcoming "In The Heart of the Sea", as well as screen tests. Watts also went through multiple meetings before winning the job.
On the news, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”