Ever since Sony announced they were rebooting their Spider-man franchise earlier this year, there have been rumors and suggestions about many young actors taking over the role of Spidey, including Star Trek’s Anton Yelchin. Now a new report says that Yelchin has done a screen test and is one of the finalists for the role.
From Chekov to Peter Parker?
After negotiations with director Sam Raimi and actor Tobey Maguire broke down on talks for a 4th Spider-man film, Sony quickly announced they were going to relaunch the franchise with director Marc Webb, who is taking Peter Parker back to high school. And a new report from Deadline Hollywood says that Sony is close to coming to a final decision on who will be their choice to play Peter Parker in their next Spider-man film, due on July 3rd, 2012.
It has been rumored that Anton Yelchin has been one of the possible contenders and now Deadline reports that on Friday Sony executives viewed a screen test with Yelchin and a number of other finalists for the part including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot),Aaron Johnson ( Kick-Ass), Andrew Garfield (The Social Network), Logan Lerman (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). A few others are also on the list of finalists. The report says that Sony wants to pick the new Spidey soon so they can start casting the supporting roles.
If Yelchin makes the final cut, this would be the third time stepping into a previously established genre role, following playing Chekov of in Star Trek and Kyle Reese in Terminator Salvation, both released in May 2009. And for the 4th of July week in 2012 you may again get a choice of two Yelchins: the Star Trek sequel featuring Anton as Pavel Chekov or the new Spider-man featuring Anton as Peter Parker/Spider-man.