One of These Five Young Actors Could Be the New Spider-Man

By  · Published on April 23rd, 2015

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Want to know the name of the next Spider-Man? Don’t we all? But today we may be a little closer to learning the name of the young actor who’ll take over the role previously filled by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. We know this time they’re aiming low. I mean in age. The new Spidey, and more importantly his alter-ego, Peter Parker, is supposed to be in high school for a while. Thanks to The Wrap, we also now know that it could be one of these five adult actors:

Asa Butterfield (18 years old) – You know him best for Hugo and Ender’s Game, which I’m sadly ready to accept isn’t getting a sequel. I like him best as an actor, but maybe that means I’d rather see him do other things. And he does seem a little too serious.

Timothee Chalamet (19 years old) – He’s in Interstellar as the younger version of Matthew McConaughey’s son, but you might have forgotten that Matthew McConaughey has a son in that movie.

Tom Holland (18 years old) – His biggest gig so far was playing the oldest son in the 2012 tsunami disaster pic The Impossible, but that was a pretty big role, even considered by many to be the movie’s lead. He also played Billy Elliot on stage for a while when he was younger, and dance skills could be apt for the nimble wall-crawling superhero.

Liam James (18 years old) – He’s done a lot more TV work, with regular roles on Psych and The Killing. He’s also already done a comic book adaptation: Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.

Nat Wolff (20 years old) – Right now he’s best known for his supporting role in The Fault in the Stars, but soon he’ll be best known for his leading role in another John Green adaptation, Paper Towns. He’s also a singer and songwriter if they decide this new run of Spidey movies are musicals.

It’s possible other names are also in the mix, but of these names who would you choose?

Christopher Campbell began writing film criticism and covering film festivals for a zine called Read, back when a zine could actually get you Sundance press credentials. He's now a Senior Editor at FSR and the founding editor of our sister site Nonfics. He also regularly contributes to Fandango and Rotten Tomatoes and is the President of the Critics Choice Association's Documentary Branch.