The problem with unexpectedly essentially kicking Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire to the curb and starting all over from scratch, and then taking months to select your new Spider-man, is that after all the casting rumors and all the speculation, almost any choice is going to be anti-climactic. That anti-climax is going to be doubly so when you choose an unknown, as Marc Webb and Sony have done in choosing Andrew Garfield.
This is him.
Garfield was born in L.A., but he moved to the UK when he was three, so for all intents and purposes, he’s British, although I’m sure he can do accents. I’ve seen him only in the Red Riding trilogy, and I’ll definitely grant that he was quite good in that. He was in two eps of “Doctor Who,” so I must have seen him there, too, though I don’t recall them at all. He’s also been in Lions for Lambs, Boy A and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, and he’s set to star in what looks like a very good movie in Never Let Me Go, as well as The Social Network, so by the time Spider-man arrives, he won’t be an unknown quantity anymore.
But there are also questions about his age: He’s nearly 27, and he looks nearly 27, so it seems an odd choice not just to reboot the series set in high school, but to take it forward through another three or four installments (finishing his run at the age of 35 or so). Why, other than the fact that he’s a good and credible actor, would Webb choose an older guy, over Josh Hutcherson, Jamie Bell, or Logan Lerman? I dunno. But my best guess is that he wants someone with a little more gravitas to eventually stand up to the villain. If that villain just happens to be the 29-year-old Joseph Gordon-Levitt, for instance, I can understand better why Webb chose the older actor. I just hope he doesn’t also choose an age appropriate Mary Jane because 27-year-olds making out with 16 year olds is creepy.
I also hope it’s not Emma Stone, because she doesn’t need to get mixed up in a superhero franchise.
Here’s a montage of his work via Slashfilm.