Holland, who has previously starred alongside Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in 2012’s The Impossible and more recently in the BBC’s TV adaptation of Wolf Hall, is just 19 and expected to make his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, before the Spider-Man franchise is rebooted once again with an as-yet-untitled solo film in 2017. He shot to fame when he starred in the titular role of Billy in the West End’s Billy Elliot musical.
Praised as “the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe” by Marvel’s Kevin Feige, Holland has also received plaudits from Sony chairman Tim Rothman:
“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.
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.”
Additionally, it has been announced that Cop Car director Jon Watts will direct 2017’s solo Spider-Man film, of whom Kevin Feige said:
“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”
Captain America: Civil War is currently in production for a 6 May 2016 US release, starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner and Elizabeth Olsen.
The untitled Spider-Man solo film has been given a release date 28 July 2017.