When it was confirmed that Andrew Garfield would not be reprising the role of Peter Parker in the now Sony and Marvel shared “Spider-Man” franchise, talk quickly turned to who might be his potential replacement.
Two names quickly rose to the fore – “Teen Wolf” and “The Maze Runner” star Dylan O’Brien, and “Percy Jackson” franchise topper Logan Lerman. Both are 23 years old, both have scored good notices for their work and both could play high school age. Speculation led to actual reports saying Sony was seriously considering both of them.
Recently speaking with Buzzfeed though, O’Brien has dismissed the reports as he’s heard nothing about it himself:
“Professionally, I haven’t heard anything about it. I’ve only heard from, like, [rumors] online. It feels so weird to say. It’s so funny. My friends from New Jersey are calling me. They’re like, what are you not telling me, dude?! Spider-Man?! It makes me feel bad because I’m, like, disappointing a big chunk of fans across the nation. You can tell them that it’s not true.”
Would he take on the role though were it offered to him?
“It’s nothing but flattering. It’s never something I would want to get myself excited about, since I know I haven’t heard about it from a professional standpoint. I’ve always wanted to play Peter Parker, obviously. I feel like any actor my age, that’s, like, a big thing. And my name being tossed with Logan Lerman’s is the coolest thing ever, too. I just think that kid is [frick]ing fantastic. It’s really just, you know, I guess I’ll see if I even hear about it? But thank you, internet, for giving me false hope!”
At present rumors continue to swirl that Sony and Marvel are instead looking for an African-American or Latino actor to play the Miles Morales version of the character which would distinguish him from the previous on screen Spider-Man films.