Bye, Andrew Garfield! Tom Holland Cast as New Spider-Man

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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have found its third — yes, third — Spider-Man for yet another live action movie.

Tom Holland will take on the role of Peter Parker and his superhero alter ego in the next Spider-Man film, which will hit theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The reboot will be helmed by Cop Car director Jon Watts.

This will be the sixth Spider-Man movie in the last 13 years. Previously, Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield played the friendly neighborhood vigilante in the Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man franchises respectively.

“It’s a big day here at Sony. [Producers] Kevin [Feige], Amy [Pascal] and their teams have done an incredible job,” Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said in a press release. “The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.  All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

The casting news comes just days after the internet caught wind of leaked emails between Sony and Marvel detailing that Spider-Man must be white and straight and cannot be a person of color or a gay character. The agreement also state that Spider-Man cannot smoke, abuse alcohol, lose his virginity before 16, or use language beyond a PG-13 rating.

Prepare for some good, clean fun, kids!