Image Credit: Solarpix/PR Photos; Michael Germana/SSI Photo/Landov; David Gabber/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosWe already know there’s a new Spider-Man movie on the way, a gritty, 3-D origin story with no Maguire or Dunst or Raimi in sight. We know it’ll be directed by Marc Webb of (500) Days of Summer, and that it’ll hit theaters July 3, 2012 — a mere 768 days away! But we still don’t know the answer to our biggest question: Who’s going to take over web-slinging duties as the new Peter Parker? But that might be about to change…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Webb has narrowed down the pack of potential Parkers (say it five times fast!) a bit, producing five front-runners for what has to be the industry’s most coveted role. (Unfortunately, there’s no overlap with the wish list we made back in January. Sorry, Zac Efron!) Check out the list of finalists below, and then let us know who you’d like to see in the role in 2012!
Credits: Billy Elliot, Defiance, Jumper
Pros: The 24-year-old’s star-making role in 2000’s Billy Elliot proved he’s got the acting chops — and tights-wearing ability — for the part.
Cons: He’s already landed the lead in Steven Spielberg’s mega-budget The Adventures of Tintin (out December 2011). If Spidey’s producers really want an unknown for the role, Bell might be too big.
Pros: Yet another Spielberg protegé, Ehrenreich was discovered by the director in a bat mitzvah video. He’s since starred in Francis Ford Coppola’s Tetro and has a part in Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere this December.
Cons: Alden who?
Credits: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
Pros Dillane already has his backstory merit badge: He played a young Tom Riddle in the last Potter pic.
Cons: With Potter that as his only major credit, is Dillane too green to wear Spidey’s red and blue?
Credits: The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus
Pros: He’s already done gritty (and then some) in the chilling British Red Riding trilogy.
Cons: The movie is set in Parker’s high school days, which means that, at 27, Garfield would be the Andrea Zuckerman of the superhero set.
Credits: Zathura, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Pros: He’s the right age for the role and already a seasoned Hollywood vet.
Cons: The first thing listed under trivia on the kid’s IMDB page? “His favorite superhero is Batman.” Whoops.
Okay, PopWatchers: Time to vote!