Asa Butterfield Rumored as Spidey Frontrunner

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Following a rumor that Marvel and Sony has set their sights on five thesps to play the new Spidey, the new report says that Asa Butterfield is Marvel’s top choice for the role.

Before we go further, check out the shortlist of up-and-coming teenage actors who could play your next Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man (via The Wrap).

Possible Peter Parker

Nat Wolff

First broke onto the scene with a role in the Paul Rudd, Tina Fey film Admission but really became a fan favorite in The Fault in Our Stars. He’s expected to become an even bigger star when Paper Towns hits this summer.

Possible Peter Parker

Asa Butterfield

Asa Butterfield had been a few famous movies but it was when Martin Scorsese cast him as the lead in Hugo that he truly became a star. He went on to play Ender in Ender’s Game and will soon star in the Tim Burton film Peregrine’s Home for Peculiars.

Possible Peter Parker

Tom Holland

Holland played one of the kids in the brutal The Impossible and was cast by Ron Howard in the upcoming In The Heart of the Sea. He’s a relatively unknown at this point but those are two very strong projects.

Possible Peter Parker

Timothee Chalamet

Timothee Chalamet has been acting on TV for a long time, including a stint on Homeland, but most of us know him as the young Casey Affleck in Interstellar. Jason Reitman also cast him in the underrated Men, Women and Children.

Possible Peter Parker

Liam James

Liam James first hit my radar as the star of The Way, Way Back, but he’s since made a name for himself on The Killing and also appeared on Psych, in 2012 and in multiple Alien vs. Predator movies.

Spidey will make his first MCU appearance as a cameo in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Civil War, the Captain America sequel which is set to begin shooting next week, although the role wouldn’t need to be filled until June when the actor will be needed on set.

As a reminder, Spider-Man would be high school-aged Peter Parker in Kevin Feige-produced Spider-Man reboot which is expected to be directed by Drew Goddard.

Update: Latino Review has the scoop, telling us that the Ender’s Game actor is the top choice for the role, passing on word from one anonymous source that “Marvel had liked him since day one.”

There’s no other info, and no official info from either Marvel or Sony, but Butterfield may very well be our new Wall Crawler. The pressure is on Marvel and Sony to both get the casting done fairly quickly because the lucky actor is not only signing on for the MCU, but also a series of standalone films for Sony.