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Jamie BellSpeculation is mounting that British actor, Jamie Bell, has been cast as the lead in the much-anticipated Spider-Man reboot.

Bell, who shot to fame in Billy Elliot ten years ago, is said to have won the race to play the web-slinger ahead of a host of young hopefuls including Josh Hutcherson (Journey To The Centre Of The Earth) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro).

If it's true, Spider-Man will be the 24-year-old's second iconic comic book character as he is already starring as Europe's most famous boy detective Tintin, the first instalment of which - The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - will be released next year.

Find out more after the jump... Jamie BellSpeculation is mounting that British actor, Jamie Bell, has been cast as the lead in the much-anticipated Spider-Man reboot.

Bell, who shot to fame in Billy Elliot ten years ago, is said to have won the race to play the web-slinger ahead of a host of young hopefuls including Josh Hutcherson (Journey To The Centre Of The Earth) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro).

If it's true, Spider-Man will be the 24-year-old's second iconic comic book character as he is already starring as Europe's most famous boy detective Tintin, the first instalment of which - The Adventures Of Tintin: The Secret Of The Unicorn - will be released next year.

The revamped Spider-Man series will focus on a high school age Peter Parker trying to cope with the death of his Uncle. Alvin Sergeant is currently writing the the script for the opening film, which Columbia Pictures hopes to begin filming before the end of 2010.

After Billy Elliot, the Northerner's career was slow to take off but he has found himself increasingly in demand having shown that he can take on action roles such as Jumper as well as more eccentric parts such as the title role in 2007's Hallam Foe.

One other thing, if Bell has been cast then it is likely to cause some controversy in America where it's believed that a Brit couldn't take on such an all-American role.