Source: Sony Pictures, Twitter
After months of speculation, Sony Pictures has just updated their official Twitter feed with the announcement that British actor Andrew Garfield has been cast as the new Spider-Man in their upcoming reboot.
Just yesterday, a flurry of speculation about actor Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth) swept the web, while previous rumors leaned heavily towards Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott) and Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief).
Garfield most recently had a co-starring role alongside the late Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. He can be seen in the upcoming high-profile 2010 releases Never Let Me Go, co-starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, and directed by Mark Romanek, as well as The Social Network, co-starring Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Timberlake, and directed by David Fincher.
The reboot, which surprised many fans, was an abrupt announcement in the wake of slow-moving discussions over a fourth Spider-Man that would have reunited Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst. The new Spider-Man will start over, sending Peter Parker back to high school. (500) Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb is directing, and no other major roles have been cast. The Sony tentpole will open in 3D on July 3rd, 2012.