Marvel Studios announced Tuesday that The Impossible actor Tom Holland has been chosen to play Peter Parker in the 2017 Spider-Man film. In addition, Cop Car director Jon Watts is on-board to direct the rebooted film franchise.
“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job," said Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group. "The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige also compared Jon Watts to several of the company's top directors.
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life," said Feige. "We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
There's no word from Marvel on if Holland will debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War as has been rumored.
Spider-Man is scheduled to open in theatres July 28, 2017.