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Is Josh Hutcherson the next Spidey?

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The rumor that Josh Hutcherson is going to be your next friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been stirring the Internet into a frenzy. But is the rumor true? Sony Pictures isn’t commenting, but sources seem to indicate that Hutcherson, 17, is the guy for the job. He’s screen-tested for the role, along with a plethora of young up-and-comers, including Jamie Bell and Aaron Johnson. But his name is the one that keeps on coming around.

Hutcherson has been acting for the past decade and is getting noticed for his role opposite Annette Bening and Julianne Moore in the indie film The Kids Are All Right, which opens June 9. He’s also one of the stars in Red Dawn, whenever that film finds its way to the big screen. The Kentucky native is next lined up to reprise his role as Sean Anderson in New Line’s Journey to the Center of the Earth II, though it isn’t clear yet if there is a deal for that movie. Should it go through, Journey, now being directed by Brad Peyton, should begin filming in October. The studio is anticipating a quick shoot, meaning Hutcherson could be ready to go as Spider-Man by the end of 2010 or the beginning of 2011, which is exactly when Sony and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) are planning to begin filming the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise.

We’ll probably know little more about this until Sony makes it official, but stay tuned.