Discuss: Does It Matter Who Plays Spider-Man?

Last week we heard tale that young Logan Lerman from Percy Jackson would be suiting up as Peter Parker. Then, we heard that he wasn’t. Now we’re hearing that Josh Hutcherson is in the running.

Of course, common sense tells us that, like any other production, Sony has a list of talent they are eying. Be prepared as that list leaks more, revealing that most young, brown-haired, doe-eyed teen actors are up for the part. In fact, feel free to report what you just read as news.

I imagine this will continue until Sony chooses that kid that Spider-Man gives a balloon to in the third movie to take over the mask. Fingers crossed.

This does lead to an interesting question, one raised by Rob Hunter on last week’s Reject Radio:

Does it even matter who plays Peter Parker?

Your gut reaction might be, “Of course it does! He’s the focal point of the entire movie!” but I would urge you to give the question a bit of thought. After all, this is going to be a large movie (unless the budget actually ends up being $40 million) with a lot of moving parts.

The most notable of those moving parts might be the breakout talent of Marc Webb and the writing ability of James Vanderbilt. More so than whatever young scamp plays Peter, those two names might be the most important factors.

Besides, the names so far (and I imagine the rest that get paraded) aren’t so different in acting ability. They are young talents, but no one out there is shocked by the raw acting ability being displayed. At this point at least, Generic Young-Looking Actor #4 seems fine for the role. I don’t mean that to say that the role is easy; I mean it to say that the two names offered up are average, and I imagine an average actor is going to get the part no matter what. So it might be completely arbitrary.

I’m going to regret saying that when they cast Tracy Morgan as Spider-Man aren’t I?

What do you think?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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