The biggest cinema news last week was the highly anticipated reveal of the new Spider-Man, who comes in the form of nineteen-year-old British actor Tom Holland. Read on for everything you need to know about Holland’s casting, as well as a must-read round-up of the hottest film news from the past week.
Tom Holland Announced As The Next Spider-Man
— Variety (@Variety) June 24, 2015
Back in February, Sony Pictures announced an exciting partnership deal with Marvel, allowing superhero Spider-Man to join the Marvel cinematic universe for the first time.
Since this big reveal, fans and critics alike have been busy guessing at who will take on the iconic role of the high school web-slinger in the new Marvel adaptation.
Asa Butterfield, eighteen-year-old British star of Hugo, was widely rumoured to be the front runner, but last week it was announced that fellow Brit Tom Holland is set to become Spider-Man in the third reboot of the franchise since 2002.
Holland is best-known for his much-praised role as the son of Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts in 2012’s The Impossible, the award-winning drama about a family caught up in the events of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami.
Holland also had a successful run in the titular role of Billy Elliot in London’s West End and was chosen to perform in the show’s fifth anniversary show in March 2010. The young Brit was last seen on screens as the son of Thomas Cromwell in the BBC’s wildly successful Wolf Hall.
Holland is considerably younger than previous Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield, both of whom were in their late twenties when they took on the role. Holland’s age indicates that Marvel wants its re-imagined Spider-Man to emphasise how the teenage Peter Parker juggles high school at day and saving New York City at night.
Holland also follows in the footsteps of several British actors currently making waves playing American superheroes: from previous Spider-Man Garfield, to Christian Bale’s heralded turn as Batman to Jersey-born Henry Cavill, the current Superman.
The first standalone film from the new franchise is expected to be released on 28 July 2017. Stay tuned for the latest on the re-booted franchise as more news is releases.
The Truman Show‘s Andrew Niccol to make Monopoly: The Movie
Andrew Niccol, screenwriter of Oscar-nominated reality television satire The Truman Show, is set to adapt the iconic board game Monopoly for the big screen.
The film will focus on a young boy who sets off an adventure to become rich, with his tumultuous adventures based on the ups and downs that befall Monopoly players.
It will be interesting to see whether Niccol uses elements of The Truman Show in the upcoming film. Will it include a literal game of monopoly? Will the boy’s fate be decided by players outside of his control? With an intriguing premise and the prospect of exciting board-game visuals coming to life, this is one film is one to watch out for.
New Trailer: The Diary Of A Teenage Girl
The UK trailer has finally dropped for Marielle Heller’s acclaimed The Diary of a Teenage Girl.
The upcoming film wowed at the Sundance Film Festival and last week won the coveted Best International Feature Film award at the Edinburgh Film Festival.
The new trailer is moving, realistic and irresistibly stylish. Based on the graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner, The Diary of a Teenage Girl chronicles the life, loves and fears of Minnie (Bel Powley), a young girl struggling to grow up in 1970s San Francisco.
From the gorgeous seventies fashions, to the frank and intimate way the film deals with love and sexuality, to the unique way Minnie’s drawings come to life, this film is an absolute must-see when it’s released on 7 August.
First Look At Gerard Butler In London Has Fallen
Lionsgate have released the first look trailer for London Has Fallen, giving a glimpse of Gerard Butler returning to the role of hero Mike Banning.
The sequel to 2013’s Olympus Has Fallen takes place in the UK capital where the Prime Minister has died under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is attended by some of the world’s most powerful leaders, so naturally a deadly assassination plot ensues involving the destruction of London’s most famous landmarks.
Also returning for the sequel are Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman and Angela Bassett, alongside new addition to the cast Charlotte Riley.
London Has Fallen will be released early 2016.
New Poster For Vacation
A fun new poster has been released for upcoming summer film Vacation. Chronicling the misadventures of the unfortunate Griswold family, the movie stars The Hangover‘s Ed Helms and Anchorman‘s Christina Applegate.
Vacation will be released on 31 August.