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Will Zac Efron Be the Next Spidey?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 31, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | January 31, 2010 |

Take this with a huge grain of salt that you roll into a festering wound like a tiny tiny snowball, wherein it picks up all the bacteria, and then poke it in your eye, but a UK Tabloid by the name of OK — a bastion of responsible journalism and integrity — is reporting that Zac Efron will play Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s Spidey reboot. In fact, he was apparently hand-picked by Tobey Maguire, who obviously has a lot of say in who his replacement is, cause that’s just the way the Entertainment Industry works (just ask David Letterman, who was hand-picked by Johnny Carson to take over “The Tonight Show,” which is where he still remains today. Or, at least, according to OK magazine). OK is so knowledgeable of the situation, in fact, that they have specifics on his payday, which is expected to be 9 million pounds (or $140 million American).

Of course, they completely ruin any shred of credibility they might have mustered by making up all that previous shit by indicating that Vanessa Hudgens is being considered as a co-star. Ha!

Yeah. Uh huh. OK. Because Sony thought, “Hey! While we’re rebooting this franchise, why don’t we go ahead and destroy it, too! Two birds. One magnificent stone!”

The more interesting story, here, is the list of possible actors who could take over the role, as surmised by Flick Sided. I haven’t actually put a lot of thought into it, besides thinking that it’s probably Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s to lose, but come to think of it, there are quite a few actors on that list that I’d like to see get the role, including Patrick Fugit, who may be too old, and the guy I think would make the best choice, if they are indeed going younger: Jamie Bell. Dude can act, y’all. There other choices on the list that I’m not terribly crazy about — Chace Crawford, Lou Taylor Pucci, Reece Thompson (who is cool, but shouldn’t even be in this conversation) and perhaps the dumbest possible choice on the planet, in Daryl Sabara, who is not only a complete unknown (if you haven’t seen World’s Greatest Dad), but a ginger.

Spider-Man is not a ginger.

(Rumor via /Film)

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