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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