| 2.1°C Dublin

UK's Holland gets Spider-Man call


Tom Holland has been cast as Peter Parker, or Spider-Man

Tom Holland has been cast as Peter Parker, or Spider-Man

Tom Holland has been cast as Peter Parker, or Spider-Man

Spider-Man fans have been put of their misery as it has been announced British actor Tom Holland will be Peter Parker.

Holland is best known for playing the lead in the theatre version of Billy Elliot.

The 19-year-old, who was born in Kingston-Upon-Thames, will take on the lead role for the movie which is set for a July 2017 release.

To-date he's starred in blockbusters like The Impossible, as well as in Locke and successful UK TV series, Wolf Hall.

Director Jon Watts, who headed up hits like indie thriller Cop Car, will be in the director's seat.

Sony's Motion Pictures Group Chairman, Tom Rothman, said: " For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start."

Reactions from fans on Twitter were mixed, with some commenting Holland is "too young", and others saying he was the perfect choice for the part.

Ron Howard, who directed Holland in his upcoming film In The Heart Of The Sea, said he will bring "heart and humour" to the role.

Howard, whose movie credits include Apollo 13 and A Beautiful Mind, told BBC Radio 5 live: "Tom's young, incredibly agile and fit. He's also very accessible and very relatable. He's one of us and has tremendous skills as an actor. He'll bring humanity and heart and humour and energy."

Describing his work on In The Heart Of The Sea, Howard said: "He entirely held his own both creatively and physically. He's incredibly fit, his years as Billy Elliot (on stage) have served him well.

"He does his own stunts, some really challenging ones. In The Heart Of The Sea is filled with that kind of action as well as a lot of drama. He handles both well and really amazed all of us.

"Certainly for me, who thinks of himself as an actor's director, I have a lot of praise for Tom, and I think they've made a great selection for themselves."

PA Media