Word has been spreading today that 17-year-old actor Josh Hutcherson has been offered the role of Spider-Man in the Sony Pictures reboot scheduled for summer 2012. The Blue Sky Disney blog reported the news first, although it's important to note that there has been no official confirmation yet that Hutcherson has won the role.
Hutcherson, whose other film credits include Journey to the Center of the Earth and Zathura, was first mentioned for the part back in April, and his name has continually landed on all those "finalist" lists that keep popping up. While doing press interviews for his latest film, The Kids Are All Right, earlier this month, Hutcherson confirmed that he had met with director Marc Webb but said he was in the dark as much as anyone else about his chances.
In a new interview with Superhero Hype published just today, Hutcheron said this about the role:
"I think a lot of people are auditioning and talking about it, so it's an honor to be considered on the same list with some of these actors that I'm up against. It's really cool. To be talked about in that kind of role is very awesome.
"I really don't know what's going on with everything right now...It would be an honor to play that role, it's a big thing, it's a total game changer. I really want to play a comic book hero. I'm not really huge into comics, but I've always been big into superheroes from the cartoons and the movies that have been made about them."
The actor added that he had not been allowed to look at the script before or during his audition.
In addition to Hutcherson, Sony has reportedly been looking at Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians), Jamie Bell (King Kong), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and a few others to play a high school version of the webslinger. Deadline reported over the weekend that the Sony brain trust had gathered on Friday to view screen tests of most of the candidates, indicating that a final decision was on the horizon.
One thing that could screw up Hutcherson's chances? According to Cinemablend, he is supposed to begin filming the sequel to Journey to the Center of the Earth this fall, which could complicate his involvement in a potential shooting schedule for Spider-Man.
It was at the end of last year that Sony canceled Spider-Man 4 and parted ways with star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi, deciding instead to relaunch the entire franchise with a fresh face behind the mask and a new director behind the camera. There's no word on whether the new movie will retell Spidey's origin story and who the villain will be. Although Raimi wanted to use the Vulture, that same report from Blue Sky Disney hints that the bad guy could be the Lizard.
Does Josh Hutcherson look like Peter Parker to you?