Meet Andrew Garfield, Your New Spider-Man

British 26-year-old actor Andrew Garfield has snagged one of the most sought-after roles in Hollywood. While largely unknown in North America, Andrew is well known and respected in his native England. Columbia Pictures made the announcement today that Garfield will be your new friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.

Garfield will inherit the role of Peter Parker from Tobey Maguire who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. With Maguire out, the producers decided to reinvent the franchise and focus on a younger Parker. The young Brit actor reportedly beat out Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right) and Jamie Bell (Billy Elliott) for the role.

2010 is turning out to be a big year for Garfield. He will appear in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” with Justin Timberlake and “Never Let Me Go” with Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan later this year. His previous film credits include “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus”, “The Other Boleyn Girl” and “Boy A” for which he won a Best Actor BAFTA.

“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.” – Director Marc Webb

“I’m incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future.” – Producer Avi Arad

“Spider-Man is a classic superhero — a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker.” – Amy Pascal (Sony Pictures Entertainment) and Matt Tolmach (Columbia Pictures)

From looks alone, I can see this bloke as a young Peter Parker. He possesses a geeky quirky cool vibe that could work well with this re-imaging of the Spider-Man series. The film won’t hit theaters til July 3, 2012 but I have no doubt it’ll be good. Marc Webb who made “(500) Days of Summer” is directing the yet-untitled Spider-Man picture. Oh, and it’s going to be shot in 3D, joy.