The UK's OK Magazine is reporting that High School Musical star, Zac Effron will be donning the striped-red jumpsuit as the new Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot effort.
Speculation was sure to begin following the recent scrapping of the Sam Raimi/Tobey Maguire team and the appointment of Marc Webb to the director's chair. So, if this news does indeed hold water, how did this event come to be? Let's get it straight from the horse's mouth:
"HIGH School Musical heartthrob Zac Efron is set for a £9million pay day as he takes on the role of SpiderMan. Zac Efron will replace Tobey Maguire in the fourth blockbuster movie, due to start shooting later this year and scheduled to hit cinemas in 2012. Tobey, 34, stunned bosses at Universal Pictures last year when he announced he was quitting the megabucks franchise. But a studio insider revealed: “After dumping Spidey, Tobey then came to the rescue by recommending that Zac should take over his role.” Producers believe the 22-year-old, who has a huge teen following, will bring new fans to the Spider-Man series by playing the reluctant hero and his alter ego Peter Parker. They are also believed to be considering reuniting Zac with his High School Musical co-star Vanessa Hudgens, 21. She is hotly tipped to replace Kirsten Dunst, 27, as Spider-Man’s love interest and the source added: “It would be a great coup to land her as well. “The franchise would be revitalised and transformed by two of Hollywood’s most gifted and fast-rising young stars.”
...Oh, where to begin?
Well, gee, I was under the impression that the move to reboot the Spider-Man franchise came about as a result of Sony's inability to work with Sam Raimi on what was an obviously expendable fourth film. Sure, the exact details on those differences have never been officially released, but they would have you think that Tobey Maguire just walked into the offices one day and dropped a big "I quit" bomb that left the studio scrambling. I hardly claim to be an insider in any way, but this one is making a lot of peoples' BS detectors beep like hell.
Also, the language that's being used sound uninformed. For example: "Zac Efron will replace Tobey Maguire" and Vanessa Hudgens "hotly tipped to replace Kirsten Dunst" makes it seem as if they're unaware that this will be a complete franchise REBOOT. That would be like saying Christian Bale "replaced" George Clooney as Batman.
Personally, I'm hoping that the talk of Michael Cera possibly taking the role pans out. He might provide a nice change of pace that Efron (for whatever appeal he may bring to certain demographics and the box-office numbers) could not. While Tobey Maguire could pull off the "geek" look at times, Cera not only has the look, but can carry an indescribable level of social awkwardness that would be perfect for the role.
Source: OK Magazine