Tom Holland has been named as the next Spider-Man.
The 19-year-old actor, who played opposite Naomi Watts in 'The Impossible', is expected to appear in 'Captain America: Civil War' before his first standalone film hits Singapore cinemas on 27 July 2017.
He was one of six teenage actors being considered for the role, three of whom were British. Among those he swung ahead of was talked-about front-runner Asa Butterfield, star of 'Hugo' and 'Ender’s Game'.
Jon Watts is set to direct the upcoming 'Spider-Man'. Watts’ credits include stints on the parody site 'The Onion News Network' and the R-rated thriller 'Cop Car' starring Kevin Bacon, which premiered at this January’s Sundance Film Festival.
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige said. “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group chairman, said in a statement: “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. 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."