Hitfix is reporting that Logan Lerman is the first choice for Sony Pictures to replace Tobey Maguire in the needless Spider-Man reboot.
A source close to the production tells HitFix Lerman is “almost 100%
locked” but not in contract negotiations for the role yet.
As we’ve already reported the script is being written by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Losers) and will be directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer). It will be a complete reboot of the franchise, taking us back to another goddamn origin story, with the addition of WEB-SLINGING 3D this time, of course. The film is expected to hit July 3rd, 2012 which certainly seems like a short time when they don’t even have a cast set yet. But don’t forget that the film will only cost 80 million dollars, so you shouldn’t expect any big action set-pieces on par with the original trilogy.
Lerman got his start in film playing Mel Gibson’s youngest son in The Patriot. He was most recently seen in 3:10 to Yuma and Gamer and starred in Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief.
Percy Jackson was probably a good dry-run for Lerman to play Parker, as he’s gotta hit all the same notes of a confused high school kid with new-found powers, dealing with puberty and having a social life and such. Not sure what this means for the second Percy Jackson film (The Sea of Monsters) which was supposed to hit in 2012 as well. More as we hear it!