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Josh Hutcherson reportedly cast as Spider-Man in Sony reboot

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Has Sony found the next Spider-Man?

“Journey to the Center of the Earth” star Josh Hutcherson has won the lottery … ahem, been selected by Sony and “Spider-Man” director Marc Webb to headline the franchise reboot that’s currently underway at the studio, according to Blue Sky Disney.

Hutcherson’s name certainly has been in the mix as a handful of young actors — from Jamie Bell to Logan Lerman — screen tested for the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego, Spider-Man. And chatter on the requisite message boards and Twitter feeds suggested that an announcement was close, possibly at Comic-Con in San Diego in July.

If this is a legitimate exclusive, it’s a quiet way of getting the news out there. No studio leak to Nikki Finke on Deadline? No “Exclusive” segment on “Attack of the Show” with Webb and Hutcherson announcing the movie marriage?

Blue Sky Disney has had good scoops in the past, but Hutcherson reportedly sat down with journalists at a New York junket for “The Kids Are All Right” today and discussed his audition but confirmed nothing.

Of course, he couldn’t. The studio would have him under wraps until they were ready to get the news out there. And is it good news? I’m going to reserve judgment for right now. I thought Hutcherson held his own alongside Brendan Fraser and a number of CGI beasts in “Journey.” I also thought he did some decent “lifting” as Jess in “Bridge to Terabithia.” But I haven’t seen “Kids” yet, and I think that might give us the best glimpse at his range.

Still, Spider-Man movies are all about the hero, as well as his villain, so let’s get the role cast, tell us who Spidey will be fighting, and let’s get this show on the road!

Marc Webb’s as yet untitled “Spider-Man” reboot swings into theaters on July 3, 2012.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

  • July 7, 2010 | Permalink |

    I think its great that a new actor will portray the Web-slinger! The Tobey version of Spiderman was too ego driven, lacked creativity, and focused too much on drama to sell the story. The Tobey version had incorrect scenes that made Spiderman look like Superman. What was really disappointing was that all three Tobey versions focused on Spiderman in the city, and they never even considered bringing the Spider-Woman into the story. What was really hard to watch was the long hours of drama stuffed into the story, and at times it seemed like MJ was dragged into every battle scene badly. Tobey’s version of Spiderman made Peter looked dumb by having his character struggle with two jobs. Also, Tobey’s Spiderman lacked a good sense of humor, and mystery in the story of the crimes. Lastly, Tobey’s version of Spiderman over-did the look on Spiderman’s powers which took away from the comic book version of Spiderman that showed intelligence in building spider-shooters, tracers, and solving puzzling crimes that require creative thinking. Good Luck with Spiderman 4 Marc!

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