Report: MARVEL Narrows Down List for Lead Actor & Director for SPIDER-MAN Reboot

Still from "The Amazing Spider-Man"
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Deadline reports Tuesday that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have their favorites in the lists of lead actors and directors to front the 2017 Spider-Man movie reboot. The industry trade says that Asa Butterfield and Tom Holland are the frontrunners to play Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man. It was previously reported that these actors and others took part in an all-day screen test Saturday in Georgia near the Captain America: Civil War set.

In addition, Deadline reports that that Marvel and Sony's favorites for directing the planned multi-picture franchise is Warm Bodies' Jonathan Levine or St. Vincent's Ted Melfi. Previously-mentioned directors Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldenstein (Vacation reboot) are reportedly "still in contention." Also, a dark horse candidate has emerged with former commercial director Jon Watts, whose feature film debut Cop Car recently debuted at festivals.

Writers are also reportedly being talked with for Spider-Man, although some of the proposed directors could have a chance to write the film themselves.

The 2017 Spider-Man reboot is a joint production between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures, with the final decision for director and lead actor to be decided by Sony head Tom Rothman, former Sony head Amy Pascal (now a producer on Spider-Man) and Marvel Studios' President Kevin Feige.

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