UPDATE: According to a new report over at Deadline New York, Sony has denied Hitflix's claims that Logan Lerman is "almost 100% locked" to the part of Spider-Man in Marc Webb's franchise reboot. They say Lerman is not getting the role, and he's not on the list of actors being considered. No other actors have been mentioned at this time.
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Ever since news broke that Sony wouldn't be bringing Sam Raimi, Tobey Maguire, and Kirsten Dunst back for the fourth Spider-Man film, speculation has swirled about what young star might be cast as the new web-slinger. It appears as though we could finally have an answer.
HitFix scored an exclusive tonight stating that Percy Jackson's Logan Lerman is the front-runner to take on the role of Peter Parker in the franchise reboot. Sources tell the site that Lerman is "almost 100% locked," but adds that contract negotiations haven't yet begun. Should he land the role, Lerman will have beaten out a group of contenders including Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Johnny Simmons and Patrick Fugit.
500 Days of Summer helmer Marc Webb is set to direct the newest Spider-Man film. Sony hopes to skew the reboot to a younger audience by returning to the popular character's origin story. In that tale, nerdy high school student Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider and develops super powers. Peter then learns that with great power comes great responsibility as he tries to balance his newfound abilities with the typical problems facing a young man in high school. James Vanderbilt will write the screenplay for the film, which is scheduled to go before cameras later this year and land in cinemas on July 3rd, 2012.
Aside from his stint in Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Lerman has also appeared in Gamer, 3:10 to Yuma, The Number 23, and more. Clearly, landing this role would be the biggest accomplishment of the 18-year-old actor's young career.
So, true believers, what's your take on this news? Do you think Lerman can pull of being Peter Parker or would you prefer someone else don the webshooters?