Hahaha, I love Hollywood sometimes. Earlier when I announced the (incorrect) rumor that Josh Hutcherson had been cast as Spider-Man, I was all like, “Hey, well at least it’s not the fruity weirdo in the scarf, huh?” Smash cut to five minutes ago, when Sony made an official announcement about the new Spider-Man kid, and surprise, it’s Andrew Garfield, the scarf guy. Or as I like to call him, “Scarfield.” Some people say other pictures of him exist besides the scarf one, but if that’s true, I DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT.
After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt.
I’ve heard Scarfield hates lasagna but loves gossipy cigarette breaks. Okay, okay, I’ll stop with the scarf jokes. But seriously, million dollar question: who the hell is this kid?
Garfield [who's 26 and British] most recently worked with director David Fincher on the upcoming film The Social Network. He previously starred for Spike Jonze on his robot love story I’m Here [which you can watch online here]. He plays the lead male opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, due for release later this year. Other notable credits include Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Robert Redford’s Lions For Lambs, Revolution Films’ “Red Riding Trilogy – 1974” directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey, and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley’s “Boy A,” for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008. [From Sony's official announcement]
The BAFTAs are basically the British Oscars, so yeah, this kid’s probably got some pretty decent dramatic chops. And he’s probably just as masculine as Tobey Maguire [...]. Still, I can’t get over that picture. It’s the first image result on Google, and he looks like he’d get a nosebleed from watching sports on TV. If I were Scarfield, I’d find the photographer who took this and strangle him with my scarf. Or at least throw a really bitchy hissy fit.