Back during publicity for “Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief” in which he played the titular ‘Percy’, actor Logan Lerman (“Jack & Bobby,” “Gamer,” “3:10 to Yuma”) let slip that there had “been a few discussions” about him playing the next Peter Parker in the upcoming reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise.
Sony quickly responded saying no offers or discussions had been made, but the 18-year-old actor was on the list of potential candidates.
Now two months on, HitFix reports that Lerman has become studio’s first choice with a source saying the actor is “almost 100% locked” for the role but hasn’t begun contract negotiations as yet.
If correct, Lerman has beat out other rumored contenders including Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Fugit and Johnny Simmons. Marc Webb (“500 Days of Summer”) directs the lower-budget, more teen-friendly incarnation of the webslinger from a script by James Vanderbilt (“Zodiac,” “The Losers”).
Filming is expected to kick off later this year for release in July 2012.
Update: Here we go again. Sony has issued an official denial and Deadline reports that “insiders at Sony… were very definitive in denying the story, and were sure that Lerman was 100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered.” HitFix says it’s standing by its source and story.