In ‘Captain America: Civil War’, Tom Holland appeared as Spider-Man and he was pretty much universally loved. Casting the right actor wasn’t easy however, there was a quite lengthy process in order to find the right Spidey.
EntertainmentWeekly has revealed the details of how Sony and Marvel went about casting the next Web Slinger. They talked to Amy Pascal, Kevin Feige, Spider-Man himself fTom Holand, and Director Jon Watts; the Marvel Studios president says they had a different approach then some may expect.
- “We never thought of it as a third casting,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. “That was our whole idea about introducing him in Civil War. It’s like — surprise! There’s been a Peter Parker in this universe the whole time! You just hadn’t met him yet.”
A lot of people auditioned for the role, 7,000 thousand to be exact. Only a few however were selected to read lines with Iron Man himself Robert Downey Jr., Amy Pascal says.
- “Having the charisma to have the camera care that you’re even a speck when you’re on screen with Robert Downey Jr. is a tall order,” co-producer Amy Pascal says. “It was magical from that very first test.” The young Brit — 19 at the time, now 21 — had been dancing and acting since childhood, starring in Billy Elliot on the London stage and in films like The Impossible. In him, the filmmakers found a kid who possessed the same infectious enthusiasm as his character. “He’s as excited to be playing Peter Parker as Peter Parker is about getting to be Spider-Man,” director Jon Watts says.
This makes sense, you have to make sure who your casting has the ability to hold his own next to other fantastic actors. Holland is also very athletic, he even once did a back flip when auditioning next to Chris Evans.
- “If we searched and said: we want somebody who can be Peter Parker and be Spider-Man in the costume it would have been impossible,” says Feige. “We never would have even thought to ask! The notion that Tom could do it and not only be such an amazing Peter Parker but also the best Spider-Man stunt person ever….he’d be giving tips to the stuntmen on how to pose and land!”
Holland found out he was Spider-Man in a pretty unusual way, while browsing the web.
- “I had been auditioning for five months,” Holland says. “I’d worked so hard and it’d been a month since I’d heard anything so I thought, ‘Well, I haven’t gotten it.’ Then one day I’m scrolling through Instagram and Marvel posted this thing about finding out who the next Spider-Man is by going to their website. I thought, what? So I went on the site and it said my name. I freaked out. Everyone in my house was screaming. My poor dog was terrified.” (Says Feige: “I was on my way to the office to make a really exciting to a young actor and looked at my phone and saw it had leaked. That was not great but I guess it makes a good story on the press tour.”)
This was a “dream come true” for Holland and I really love how enthusiastic he is about it. He does the stunts and can act his ass off, I don’t think there are many people out there that can do the same to that level.
Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7.