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At the Ant-Man junket over the weekend, I had the opportunity to chat with Marvel head Kevin Feige. One of the questions I asked was about the Marvel Studios-produced upcoming Spider-Man reboot. If Captain America: The Winter Solider was a conspiracy thriller, and Ant-Man is a heist film, what can we expect for Spider-Man? Marvel has cleverly theorized that the key to preventing superhero overload at the multiplex is to set their stories inside other film genres. So what kind of film will the new Spider-Man movie be?

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Tom Holland

This week it was revealed that Tom Holland is cast as the new Spider-Man. Now that we know who will be playing the webslinger, it might be a good moment to take a look at the instagram videos posted by Holland that some theorize may have helped him land the job. The videos feature the star performing Parkour-level street flips, jumps, and more. Hit the jump and watch videos of the 19-year-old’s impressive amateur stunt which he posted to social media.

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new Spider-Man actor

The new Spider-Man has been chosen: Tom Holland (The Impossible, Wolf Hall) will play Peter Parker and his heroic alter-ego, Spider-Man. He’ll first appear in Captain America: Civil War, and then take center stage in a solo film set for 2017. That solo movie, a collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony, will be directed by Jon Watts, whose film Cop Car was among the movies we enjoyed at Sundance earlier this year. Read More »

Spider-Man screentests

6/12/15 UPDATE #1: And then there were three. According to Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider, three actors are still in the running for the rebooted, Sony/Marvel Studios Spider-Man. There’s Tom Holland, Charlie Plummer and Matthew Lintz. Asa Butterfield, reportedly, is out of the running. Read more below, along with the previous update.

6/12/15 UPDATE #2: Now there’s word Charlie Rowe is also in the mix. More details below.

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new spiderman actor

Wednesday afternoon, a rumor began swirling that Sony and Marvel had narrowed down their choices to play the new Spider-Man to five actors. Now, thanks to The Wrap, we know who those actors are. They are Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James. Read more about the potential new Spider-Man actors below.

Update: In the days since this shortlist emerged, a new report says that Asa Butterfield is Marvel’s top choice for the role. Since Captain America: Civil War is shooting now and will feature the new Spidey, the actor has to be locked down soon. More details follow our original story.

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How I Live Now

Saoirse Ronan has already seen the world end once this year, in the Stephenie Meyer adaptation The Host. But in How I Live Now, the new drama by The Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin MacDonald, the enemy isn’t invading aliens, but bitter humankind.

The Irish actress plays American gal Daisy, who’s sent to stay with distant relatives in the English countryside when World War III breaks out. Though she initially feels out of place, she eventually warms to her cousins and even strikes up a romance with one of them, the handsome Edmond (George MacKay). With Daisy’s aunt Penn (Anna Chancellor) stuck in Oslo thanks to the war, the kids enjoy an idyllic freedom for a time.

But as the conflict worsens, soldiers arrive at their remote farm and take the kids away, splitting the boys and girls apart. Daisy struggles to survive and, eventually, reunite with her cousins. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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Five years after making his feature debut with the Guillermo del Toro-produced ghost story The Orphanage, filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona is back with The Impossible, which deals with an entirely different kind of fear. Instead of tangling with things that go bump in the night, the family at the center of the new film are facing the less fanciful terrors of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts star as a couple on winter vacation in Thailand with their three sons when tragedy hits. Torn apart in the chaos, the family struggles to reunite as they help and are helped by strangers along the way. Watch the new trailer after the jump.

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Thinner and The Langoliers helmer Tom Holland is heading back to the Stephen King well one more time. Holland has signed on to adapt and direct The Ten O’Clock People, a picture based on King’s short story of the same name. The new project marks a return to feature filmmaking for Holland, who took a decade-long hiatus after 1996’s Thinner and has stuck mainly to short films and television ever since. More details after the jump.

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An international English-language trailer has dropped for Studio Ghibli‘s Arrietty, the directorial debut of animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. The new spot features the UK voice cast, which includes Saoirse Ronan as Arrietty, Olivia Coleman, Tom Holland, and Mark Strong.

Based on Mary Norton‘s classic children’s series The Borrowers, the film revolves around a 14-year-old girl named Arrietty Clock, who is one of a group of tiny people who secretly reside in the homes of regular-sized people and “borrow” supplies from them as needed. When Arrietty is discovered by a human boy, the two strike up a friendship that has big repercussions for the Clocks’ lives. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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