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Marvel, Sony cast new Spider-Man for next film in 2017

FILE - In this March 24, 2013 file photo, actor Tom Holland, winner of Best Male Newcomer Award appears at the Jameson Empire Film Awards 2013 in London. Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced Tuesday, June 23, 2015  that Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next "Spider-Man" film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)

FILE – In this March 24, 2013 file photo, actor Tom Holland, winner of Best Male Newcomer Award appears at the Jameson Empire Film Awards 2013 in London. Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios announced Tuesday, June 23, 2015 that Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next “Spider-Man” film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Spidey search is over.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that “The Impossible” star Tom Holland would be taking over the role of Peter Parker and the web-slinging superhero in the next Spider-Man film, set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

Jon Watts, who directed the indie thriller “Cop Car,” has been set to direct the still-untitled film

Sony Pictures promises a new creative direction for this iteration of Spider-Man. Since 2002, there have been five films in the $4 billion series, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield previously in the title role.

Holland, a 19-year-old English actor, has also appeared in “Locke” and the TV series “Wolf Hall.” He can be seen this December in Ron Howard’s “In the Heart of the Sea.”

 

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