Spider-Man reboot: Who should play Peter Parker?

Spider-Man reboot: Who should play Peter Parker?

A list from Entertainment Weekly

As anyone who reads The Daily Bugle knows by now, Tobey Maguire will not be back for Spider-Man 4. Neither will Sam Raimi, the director who kick-started the superhero saga back in 2002. And since Sony, the studio behind the Web-slinger franchise, has no intention of letting their cash cow dry up, it’s currently in the process of rebooting Spidey in a younger, more contemporary direction with a (presumably) younger, less-expensive actor as Peter Parker.

So we’re wondering, which of Hollywood’s hot teens and twentysomethings should be considered to don the Spidey suit? Here are a few possibilities. Afterwards, let us know who your candidates are.

Zac Efron Age: 22 Why our Spidey sense is tingling: He’s already proven that he can put teenage butts in seats thanks to High School Musical, and he ’s familiar with bizarre, supernatural bodily transformations thanks to 17 Again. He can sing, he can dance, he can smolder and brood (but not too threateningly, mind you). Heck, he can even convincingly shoot hoops! What can’t this guy do? Compared to belting out pop songs in the cafeteria, swinging from a web and tangling with Green Goblin should be a cakewalk.

Robert Pattinson Age: 23 Why our Spidey sense is tingling: Okay, he’s British, pasty, and he’s got a pretty busy schedule, what with all these Twilight movies you may have heard about. But if I were a Sony bean counter, I’d be stuffing the ballot box for this guy. After all, this could be the ultimate parasite blockbuster. Think about it: First, you cast Kristen Stewart as Mary Jane Watson, then you cast Taylor Lautner as Harry Osborn (i.e., James Franco’s role), then boom!…just sit back and watch the greenbacks pile up. If I ran Sony and wanted to retire to a private island, this would be my choice.

Daniel Radcliffe Age: 20 Why our Spidey sense is tingling: Because he’s about to have a whole lot of time on his hands. With the Potter films finally kaput, Radcliffe no doubt wants to show folks he’s more than just Hogwarts’ resident boy wizard — he’s a serious actor. What better way than to play a character whose great power brings great responsibility? Plus, we love the idea of Michael Gambon as a Dumbledore-ish Uncle Ben.

Shia LaBeouf Age: 23 Why our Spidey sense is tingling: First of all, he seems like the kind of guy who might actually read comic books. That’s a plus. Second, he won’t freak out when this thing blows up and becomes a monster hit since he’s already a franchise veteran (Transformers, Indiana Jones). Third, unlike a lot of teen-steam heartthrobs, he doesn’t seem like…well, a wuss. There, I said it. This can’t be emphasized enough. Please, if you insist on casting a new Peter Parker, do not cast a wuss.

Do you have an actor in mind to play the web slinger? Post your comments below…..

Spider-Man 4 might write off Kirsten Dunst?

Kirsten Dunst aka Mary Jane WatsonSpider-Man 4 is at a production stoppage due to creative differences between Sony Pictures and the writers and director, Sam Raimi. Now, according to Starpulse, Kirsten Dunsts’ Mary-Jane might very well be written out of Peter Parker’s life in the 4th instalment of the franchise. Anti-Dunst-as-Mary-Jane fans can have a merrier Christmas with this report. But those fans should not get too joyful yet, nothing is confirmed.

One complaint many fans have about the Spider-Man film franchise since it began is Kirsten Dunst playing Mary-Jane Watson. Some fans like her, others hate her. That is more of a subjective view than anything else.

Who will take up the role of Peter Parker’s love interest after MJ is gone? They say that Anne Hathaway is in talks to play Felecia Hardy, the Black Cat. It seems as though Anne’s character will be set up to be the female lead of the franchise after Dunst is done.

None of this is official and we very well could be seeing Dunst as Mary-Jane for many sequels to come. Until we get official word that the film will resume production, any news concerning the direction they will take with the franchise should be taken with a grain of salt. Until further notice then.

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