Here’s How Tom Holland Found Out He Nabbed the Spider-Man Role

We are all pretty excited to see Tom Holland play the iconic Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot, Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially after he gave us a snippet of the performance in Captain America: Civil War. But did you know Holland found out he got the role on Instagram?

While that seems just a wee bit messed up, as Holland tells it, he didn’t seem to mind. Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Holland said he went through a pretty grueling audition process. He submitted an audition tape in which he showed off his skills as a trained gymnast, performing flips and rolls to mimic the movements of the character. Then they brought him in.

“When we did the screen tests, there were six of us all in this room waiting to audition. It felt like The Hunger Games,” he laughed. “It was a real weird atmosphere because there’s all these kids who really, really want this role. They were like, ‘We’ll let you know tomorrow.’ Then you find out a month later what the verdict was.”

Holland explained, “I was in my bed scrolling through Instagram. It had been about a month since my audition. And Marvel just posted a photo saying go to our website and find out who the next Spider-Man is. I went on the Marvel website on my computer and there it was: The new Spider-Man is Tom Holland. I went ballistic, like absolutely nuts.”

The young actor also said this reboot would concentrate on the fact Peter Parker aka Spider-Man is just an average teenager.

“You’ve seen the billionaire, the scientist, the soldier. Now it’s time to see the kid,” Holland said. “And every decision we make on set is based off how would a kid react in this situation, so every fight scene we have is designed in a way that’s almost child-friendly, so he never actually punches anyone. It’s all done kind of by accident. I think the biggest difference is his youth and innocence.”

The film also stars Marisa Tomei, Michael Keaton and Zendaya, who recently responded to those trolls who think she’s miscast as Parker’s potential love interest.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to spin webs in theaters July 7, 2017.