Apparently Marvel and Sony are not sure about Asa Butterfield taking the Spider-Man reboot gig, as seemed a certainty two weeks ago. At least not yet. According to The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog, six young actors were in Atlanta on Saturday testing for the jackpot role. Butterfield is still one of the finalists, as is another favorite, Tom Holland, but the other three previously reported as being in the mix (Nat Wolff, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James) are out.
The decision has to be made soon, and since the screen tests were held in Atlanta, where Captain America: Civil War has been shooting, perhaps they plan to immediately throw the winning kid into the production (the new Spidey is set to debut in the Marvel movie before starting his own series at Sony). Or maybe it was just held down here because this is where Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige and Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo, all of whom were on hand for these latest auditions with Spider-Man franchise producer Amy Pascal, happened to be.
Anyway, let’s meet the four new, mostly younger additions to the Spidey shortlist below. You can revisit my former post on the originally reported five actors on the list if you need the same info on Butterfield and Holland, both of whom are 18 years old.
Judah Lewis (I’m guessing 14 or 15 years old) – An actor most of his life, he’s the son of performers-turned-teachers who run a theater group for kids. He’s new to Hollywood, but you can see him soon enough as the young Johnny Utah in the Point Break remake and in the latest from Jean-Marc Valée, Demolition, which may be out this fall.
Matthew Lintz (just turned 14 years old) – Another lifelong actor, he’s done a fair share of horror, beginning with Rob Zombie’s Halloween II and including The Crazies and Piranha 3DD over the following few years. He’ll be seen this summer in Pixels (see the header image) and then next year he’s in another kind of Civil War movie, The Free State of Jones.
Charlie Plummer (15 years old) – In addition to having recurring roles on Boardwalk Empire and Granite Falls, this teen also appeared in Not Fade Away and now stars as the title character in the indie King Jack, which debuted to rave reviews at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.
Charlie Rowe (19 years old) – If they intended to add more younger actors into the mix, this guy is an exception. But interestingly enough, he played a younger version of former Spidey Andrew Garfield’s character in Never Let Me Go. He’s also in The Golden Compass and had a recurring role on the cancelled Fox series Red Band Society.