Sony Pictures announced new Spiderman
British Actor Andrew Garfield, 26 years old, was chosen to portray Peter Parker in Spiderman 4 as it returns on screen on July 2010. The new film is set to begin its production early december under Director Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.
Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures said, "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. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."
Some of his notable screen credits include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus where he co-starred with Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs, Revolution Films’ Red Riding Trilogy, and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley’s "Boy A," for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008.
Early January 2010, Sony Pictures announced that plans for Spider-Man 4 had been cancelled due to Raimi’s withdrawal from the project along with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Raimi reportedly ended his participation due to doubt that he could meet the planned May 6, 2011 release date while upholding the film creatively.