Andrew Garfield is next Spiderman

Jul 1, 2010 at 8:57 p.m. ET

Andrew Garfield scored the role of a lifetime and also secured his place in Spiderman history after today’s announcement by Columbia Pictures that Garfield will play Peter Parker in the upcoming Spiderman reboot.

The search for the next Spiderman has seen dozens of actor's names thrown out there in the media, but unlike previous superstar casting decisions, Columbia has managed to keep the hiring of Andrew Garfield a virtual secret. In Hollywood, that is priceless.

Andrew Garfield (far right) is your new Spiderman

As early as last week at the press day for The Kids Are All Right, actor Josh Hutcherson was rumored to be the next Spiderman.

Spiderman, the next generation, will debut in theaters on July 4 in 2012 in 3D. The search for the next Spiderman, after the announcement that the franchise formerly starring Tobey Maguire as the title character would receive a based-in-high-school reboot, has been one heated topic.

Andrew Garfield will prep for his role immediately and the film's director Marc Webb believes that the Spiderman brain trust had scored a home run.

Andrew Garfield

"Though his name may be new to many -- those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words. You will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Garfield and his history may be largely unknown, but it is not without merit. Andrew Garfield starred opposite Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger in The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus.

Garfield was in Lions for Lambs with Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep. He has also finished filming David Fincher's latest film, The Social Network, opposite Rashida Jones, Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg.

But, to the comic book world that adores Peter Parker and Spiderman, Garfield's casting should cause a raise in heartbeat because of his experience on the legendary science fiction instant classic, Dr Who! -- sure it was only two episodes, but experience is experience!

The Spiderman franchise has grossed over $2.5 billion in global box office and the hopes are that the young 26-year-old actor is dead-on perfect to carry the Spiderman mantle into a new era.

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