Thursday, May 29, 2008

FILM: Who will replace Tobey Maguire as Spiderman?

With the increase of super heroes in movie theaters lately (Iron Man, Hancock, etc.), the producers of Spiderman are itching to get back into the game. But is Tobey Maguire ready to scratch that itch? (lol) Rumors are that he was only committed to three Spidey flicks and wants to get back into regular, non-action films.
He squeezed in The Good German between the 2nd and 3rd sequel, and the next movie he'll have in theaters is Tropic Thunder, which he has a small part in. Later this year, we'll see him alongside Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman in the war drama Brothers. And it was just announced that he will be starring in--what I belive to be his first--romantic comedy, Quiet Type, where he plays a mute who wants to conduct a NYC orchestra.

But in the likelihood that he doesn't re-up his contract and shed a few pounds to slip back into that spandex suit, the producers are considering their options--as well as other directions they could take the saga. Shooting for 2 back-to-back films, they're basing their decision on scripts written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac and The Rundown).

There were rumors that his fellow castmate, Gyllenhaal, would take his place, since he was originally in the running for the first 3 flicks. But the producers have expressed interest in shooting for a younger actor like Almost Famous' Patrick Fugit (above) or Michael Angarano (below), who was just in the action epic Forbidden Kingdom.

Who do you want to get bitten by a radioactive bug? I say it has to be someone who is capable of being athletic, but still looks pretty dorky. Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) kind of weirds me out and Anton Yelchin (Charlie Bartlett) may be too odd for the part. But Mean Creek's Ryan Kelley (below) looks pretty harmless and Max Thieriot (Jumper) would be good if he weren't blonde.

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