We breakdown the top candidates and it's not a pretty picture
Paging all actors who look under 20...
Even though it had been rumored for weeks, the news that director Sam Raimi and stars Tobey Maguire and Kristen Dunst had officially left the "Spider-Man" franchise still came as a shock to many. It seems too soon to re-cast and reboot a billion dollar franchise, but that's exactly what's going to happen. And soon.
Over the years, Sony Pictures played contractual games with Maguire and floated having other actors such as Jake Gyllenhaal take over the role of Peter Parker, but in the end Maguire always returned. Now, the studio plans on returning Parker and Spidey to his teenage years which means the 29-year-old Gyllenhaal is most likely too old to play the part. However, Sony is going to want some sort of name to relaunch Marvel's biggest super hero whether he's an indie up and comer or a supporting studio player ready to break out.
With that in mind, check out HitFix's top candidates to become the new big screen Web-slinger. And remember, they've got to be young, be somewhat recognizable and fit the part. No easy task.
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