Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Monday, 01 June 2015 - 9:48AM
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Monday, 01 June 2015 - 9:48AM
Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man
It looks like those rumors about Marvel offering Asa Butterfield the role of Spider-Man were false, as THR reports that the studio spent all day Saturday testing six young actors for the role of Peter Parker. There's a small chance that none of these actors will take on the role, but a decision is expected to be reached early this week, especially since the character is introduced in Civil War, and the film is already in production. Here's everything you need to know about the six hopefuls who are vying for instant superhero superstardom:

Asa Butterfield


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Butterfield has been the most recognizable name and seemingly the primary contender so far, topping the rumored shortlist weeks ago and dominating the rumor mill ever since. Although it isn't true that he's been offered the role already, it probably isn't too much of a stretch to assume that he's the most likely candidate, as he's already proven that he can helm a major sci-fi franchise after 2013's Ender's Game. Although reception for the film itself was mixed, Butterfield's performance was widely praised, and brought him the most fame out of the six contenders. 

Tom Holland


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Holland is the only other actor besides Butterfield who appeared on the original shortlist, and he's arguably the most well-known of the remaining contenders. He starred alongside Naomi Watts in 2012's The Impossible, a performance which won him several awards for breakthrough or young actors. He also has several high-profile projects in the works, as he will appear alongside Chris Hemsworth and Cillian Murphy in the disaster drama In the Heart of the Sea, as well as The Pilgrimage, starring Jon Bernthal, and Backcountry, starring Joel Kinnaman.

Charlie Plummer


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Plummer has received more recognition for his work in television than movies, as he had a recurring role on HBO's Boardwalk Empire and a regular role on Granite Flats, the first original series from BYUtv, a channel specifically geared towards Mormons. But his film career may be taking off with a starring role in King Jack, an indie drama that just premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival to rave reviews. Plummer's performance was specifically called out for praise as well, with Collider saying, "Plummer is so expressive that a brief deliberation winds up becoming more suspenseful than some of the film's more physical moments."

Charlie Rowe


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Rowe is an up-and-comer in genre television and film, as he began his career with a small role in The Golden Compass and went on to star in sci-fi adaptation Never Let Me Go with Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, and Andrew Garfield. He also recently starred in ABC's short-lived illness dramedy Red Band Society. 

Matthew Lintz


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

Another up-and-comer, Lintz is best known for a small role in last year's Kill the Messenger, and also had guest spots on genre TV favorites Revolution, Sleepy Hollow, and Banshee. He will next be seen in this summer's Pixels, the alien invasion/arcade game movie starring Adam Sandler.

Judah Lewis


Meet the Six Hopefuls Testing for Marvel's Spider-Man

More than any of the other contenders, Lewis is a newcomer to the business, but he may be on the cusp of breaking out. He has two feature films currently in production: Point Break, starring Teresa Palmer, and the highly anticipated Demolition, starring Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal. He's the least known of the six, but this may actually work in his favor, as studios often want a lesser-known actor without any baggage to be the new face of a major franchise.
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