Mere days ago, I said that it was “about time Andrew Garfield broke out.” And it appears he’s on his way: a press release from Sony today announced that he has been cast as Peter Parker in the reboot of Spider-man.
The press release doesn’t really have anything more to add except heaps of praise for Garfield from Sony types. Like from director Marc Webb:
He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
And this, which is bizarrely credited to both Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Funny how they said exactly the same thing:
Spider-Man is a classic superhero—a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield.
And from producer Avi Arad:
In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.
That may all sound like hyperbole, but from what I’ve seen of Garfield — in the two-parter Doctor Who “Daleks in Manhattan” and “Evolution of the Daleks”; in the astonishing Boy A, which he carries completely; in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the Red Riding Trilogy and Lions for Lambs — he can do it. He’s perfect for Peter Parker.
Oh, and Marc Webb? He gave us 500 Days of Summer, which is almost a Spider-man movie already, without the crimefighting.
This is gonna be good.