updated 07/02/2010 AT 7:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/02/2010 AT 8:15 AM ET
Make way for the new sticky-fingered hero.
Los Angeles-born actor Andrew Garfield, who grew up in England, will step into the spiffy red boots previously occupied by Tobey Maguire for what will be the fourth screen adventure for Spider-Man – also known as Peter Parker.
Something of a familiar (and handsome) face in the U.K. for his TV starring roles on Red Riding and Boy A, Garfield, 26, will be seen on the big screen this fall in The Social Network (director David Fincher’s film about Facebook, also starring Justin Timberlake) and in the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go. Last year, he appeared in Terry Gilliam’s The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.
From reports, Garfield’s stiffest competition for the role came from Josh Hutcherson (The Kids Are All Right), Aaron Johnson (Kick-Ass) and the original Billy Elliot, Jamie Bell.
“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,” says Spidey 4 director Mark Webb, whose debut feature, (500) Days of Summer, developed something of a cult following last year.
The new movie is set to begin filming later this year, for a release in 3-D on July 3, 2012. Its story, Sony Pictures said earlier this year, will take the superhero back to his origins and focus on “a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises.”