The search for the new film Spider-Man has just taken a surprising turn.
Reporter Jeff Sneider from The Wrap revealed on the Meet The Movie Press podcast that sources have told him that Marvel and Sony are down to three actors for the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man -- and Asa Butterfield is not one of them.
Butterfield, who starred in Ender’s Game and Hugo, was considered the clear favorite at one point and had even reportedly entered negotiations for the role. But now it seems he's out of the race, and the three finalists are:
Tom Holland: He's been in the hunt since the start. His credits include The Impossible, the post-apocalyptic drama How I Live Now and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea with Chris Hemsworth.
Charlie Plummer: He's perhaps best known for a recurring role on Boardwalk Empire, but has also appeared in TV series like Granite Flats and Person of Interest.
Matthew Lintz: Lintz's credits include appearances on Revolution, Banshee and Sleepy Hollow, along with small roles in films like The Crazies and Piranha 3DD. He'll show up later this summer in Pixels alongside Adam Sandler.
Meanwhile, Birth.Movies.Death reports that there are only two actors in the running for the role: Holland is one and the other is this guy:
Charlie Rowe: Rowe has been seen in The Golden Compass, The Boat That Rocked and Never Let Me Go, along with having a recurring role in the TV series Red Band Society.
According to Sneider, Sony likes Holland and Marvel is sweet on Plummer, with the two studios deadlocked on the final choice. Birth.Movies.Death, however, says that the studios are not butting heads on the candidates, but are instead being very cautious on who they finally choose -- they want this Spidey to stick around a while. A decision has to be made soon, so the new Peter Parker can suit up and join the rest of his superpals down in Atlanta for his debut in Captain America: Civil War.
At this point, all the casting rumors and names popping up is starting to get a little crazy, so it might just be time for everyone to relax and let the process take its course. We'll know who the new Spider-Man is soon enough. Which of these four -- whichever ones are still in the race -- do you like the best?