It was one of the most eagerly awaited casting announcements in recent history. So after a world wide search, when it was finally announced that Andrew Garfield will be playing Spider-Man in the latest installment of the movie franchise, the general reaction was – “Who?”
Well fear not Spider-Man fans. After a lot of research and a little reassurance from the movie’s director and producer I can tell you that Mark Garfield is looking like the right man for the job.
Mark was born in Los Angeles, but moved to the UK when he was 3 years old. It was there that he attended London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, the Mirror reports. In his career as a young actor, Mark (still only 26 – he turns 27 in August) won many “Young Actor to Watch” type break-out awards, including Variety Magazine’s “10 Actors to Watch” in 2007, and a “Shooting Star” by the European Film promotion board a year later.
But how will he perform as Peter Parker, in one of the most successful franchises in box office history? According to HollywoodNews.com, the film’s director, Mark Webb is certain that audiences will fall in love with Andrew. “Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”
Producer Laura Ziskin adds, “In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen.”
Andrew is cast in the soon to be released movie, Social Network, which hits theaters later this year. Other notable film credits include: “Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus playing opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs, where he starred alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films’ “Red Riding Trilogy – 1974” directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey, 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,” writes HollywoodNews.com
Still wondering if Andrew is the right choice to play the iconic leading role? You’ll be able to see for yourself soon enough. Spider Man returns to theaters in 3D on July 3, 2012.