Columbia Pictures has announced this evening that Andrew Garfield has been cast in the role of Peter Parker for their upcoming franchise reboot of Spider-Man, due in theaters on July 3, 2012. The film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) and a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.

Says the official release: “Today’s confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.”

On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

For those not immediately familiar with his work, Garfield appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Imagination of Doctor Parnassus, the 1974 segment of The Red Riding Trilogy and he earned a BAFTA award for best actor for his performance in John Crowley’s Boy A. He will also appear this year in David Fincher’s The Social Network and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, to fairly high profile roles.

Needless to say, Garfield is one of the more solid actors that were among the final candidates for the coveted role. And while fans on the web will certainly be disappointed the Donald Glover wasn’t chosen, this seems like a good consolation. At least it wasn’t Josh Hutcherson.


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