Yes, ladies and gents, your friendly neighborhood web-slinger is now cast! Marvel just put up on article on their webpage detailing the star, and director for the Spider-Man film in 2017. I'll let their own words speak for themselves:
Yes, you heard that right, this guy is going to play our MCU Spider-Man!
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom 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, director of "Cop Car," the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.
Known for the critically acclaimed film The Impossible, 19-year old Holland has indeed been casted to play the role of Peter Parker in the MCU. Now, this may come as a disappointment to many, but, I say that we trust the system. This isn't an opinion piece, but Marvel hasn't messed up on their casting yet. So, as we go into the third Spidey series in ten years, let's hope that these will be better than the last two. I for one am very excited to see what Kevin Feige and the others in charge of the 'verse do with both the character and the films. Here's what Marvel had to say about Holland's winning of the role, and Watt's landing the directorship:
You can read the entire press release here.
The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in "The Impossible," “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming "In the Heart of the Sea," and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.