Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game) is one of the frontrunners for the role of Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot. The actor, who only turned 18 a little over a month ago, is set to test for the role this week.
That’s according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Borys Kit. The writer says that there’s been no offer yet, but that Butterfield is the one that many are hoping to get the role.
Marvel has gone on record to say that they want a young actor for the role. Butterfield certainly fits the bill in that regard. However, now that he’s 18, he can work full days during a movie shoot.
His name entered the running back in April. At the time, he was being considered alongside Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Liam James, and Timothee Chalamet. It looks as though he’s pulled ahead, but nothing is set in stone just yet.
Joe and Anthony Russo's Captain America: Civil War is now in production, so Marvel won’t be delaying this decision too long. It’s expected that Spider-Man will make some sort of an appearance in the movie.
While Butterfield is currently shooting Tim Burton's Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiars, it shouldn’t impact him from fulfilling this appearance.
Spider-Man will be released in the summer of 2017. Now we’re just waiting on official word regarding who gets the role, and who will direct.