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Andrew Garfield Wins 'Spider-Man' Casting Sweepstakes

Andrew garfield_award It's finally official, Spidey fans: Sony has announced that Andrew Garfield will star as Peter Parker in director Mark Cohen's upcoming 2012 reboot of the Spider-Man film franchise, according to Variety.com (subscription required). The new film will focus on Parker's high school years, and his struggle with the knowledge that his uncle died despite his power as Spider-Man to stop it.

Even though the new film will take the character back to high school, the filmmaker have decided to go with the oldest of their candidate for the role of Peter Parker. At age 26, Garfield is two years older than his closest other competition for the role, age-wise (Alden Ehrenreich), and is eight years older than another candidate for the gig (Logan Lerman).

It seems quite strange that Sony has chosen to focus on a young Spider-Man in the studio's "reboot," yet hired the oldest actor among all of their known choices. Tobey Maguire was 27 when he starred in the original Spider-Man, in which director Sam Raimi did not spend a lot of time on Peter Parker's high school years -- likely due to the already advanced age of his star. Garfield will be even older than Maguire was when the new Spider-Man is slated to be released on July 3, 2012. This causes concern for any future movies in the revamped series. So, why is history repeating itself?

Sony's decision to divert back to the web-head's high school days as an innocent and insecure young hero does not seem necessary, either. In the first quarter of the original Spider-Man, Raimi described enough of Peter Parker's inner struggle in high school -- then proceeded to develop Spider-Man's character and his villains in each of the three films. Why not add a new villain to face off against the web-slinger, and develop both his and many other potential characters. How about the return of Venom/Eddie Brock, or Parker's former college professor Dr. Conners (played by Dylan Baker as a small role in Raimi's films)? No, there will not be the same actor playing Spider-Man, nor the same director behind the camera, but Garfield seems capable of picking up where Maguire left off nonetheless.

Last week, we told you that there were numerous candidates up for the role of Spider-Man besides Garfield, including Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief), Ehrenreich (Tetro), Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek), and Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass). In the end, it was Garfield who made the biggest impression on both Cohen and Sony. The young actor is quickly gaining the interest of many directors in Hollywood, ranging from Robert Redford to David Fincher; Garfield also stars in Fincher's upcoming Facebook movie, The Social Network

How do you feel about Garfield becoming the new Spider-Man? Do you think the Spider-Man franchise reboot will be a success, or are you ready to move on?

--Will Bonesso 

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