Zac Efron Will Be the Next Spider-Man in Today’s Totally Awesome Casting Rumor

Our Spidey Sense is tingling, and we sense…a wonderfully intriguing if somewhat questionable rumor on the upcoming Spider-Man franchise reboot.

High School Musical hunk Zac Efron will reportedly be donning the tights for the forthcoming fourth installment of the movie series, following Tobey Maguire’s departure from the hugely successful franchise. According to a studio insider,

“After dumping Spidey, Tobey then came to the rescue by recommending that Zac should take over his role.”

Efron, 22, will supposedly collect around $14 million to assume the web-slinging role for the next flick, which is due to begin shooting later this year for a 2012 release. And just to make things too perfect, guess who they’re considering to take the place of Kirsten Dunst in the role of Spidey’s girlfriend, Mary Jane Watson? According to the source, the studio is gunning for Efron’s High School Musical co-star and real-life squeeze, Vanessa Hudgens:

“It would be a great coup to land her as well. The franchise would be revitalised and transformed by two of Hollywood’s most gifted and fast-rising young stars.”

Maybe Ashley Tisdale can play the villain?

What say you, readers? Do you think Efron has what it takes to sling the web? Sound off in the comments section!