Over the weekend HitFix reported that Percy Jackson actor Logan Kerman “is first choice for Sony Pictures and the clear frontrunner to replace Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker”. This followed Lerman saying he was in talks for the role back in February, however afterwards both he and Sony denied any discussions had taken place.
Well now according to Deadline Sony has denied Lerman’s involvement again, saying that he isn’t even being considered.
…insiders at Sony say that the young actor is not getting the role. In fact, these sources were very definitive in denying the story, and were sure that Lerman was 100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered.
I never know who to believe in situations like this. Both HitFix and Deadline are known for getting scoops from ‘sources’ on a regular basis, and the majority of them turn out to be true. It could be the case that Sony isn’t telling the whole truth. Back in December they denied that Spider-Man 4 was having production trouble and had been put on hold while they sorted out issues with the script. Less than a month later Spider-Man 4 was scrapped and Sony moved forward with the reboot.
All we know for sure if that Sony is currently looking for the next Peter Parker, and that there will no doubt be speculation until the chosen actor is announced. Speculation is just part of the fun!