So along the list of not-so-well-known actors being considered for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Spider-Man was an actor which surprised me back in 2012 after seeing him play a strong supporting role opposite Naomi Watts in J.A. Bayona’s The Impossible.
After seeing such a strong performance I expected Holland to have a pretty big career waiting for him right after the movie was released, but it didn’t happen, probably because like many other foreign movies they’re rarely heavily promoted in the US. (despite being an english spoken movie and having quite a few well known actors, the movie is actually a Spanish production).
Holland, however, was able to land some roles in some critically acclaimed movies like Steven Knight’s Locke starring Tom Hardy, Kevin Macdonald’s How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan, BBC’s Mini Series Wolf Hall, and the upcoming Ron Howard’s In The Heart of the Sea starring Thor’s Chris Hemsworth, Rob Connolly’s Backcountry starring Joel Kinnaman and Brendan Muldowney’s Pilgrimage starring Richard Armitage.
So despite the fact that he’ll only play a supporting role expected to be small on Captain America: Civil War, the new Spider-Man movie will be Holland’s first chance to be have a leading role, outside of his theatre role as Billy Elliot back in 2008.
Now a 19 year old, Holland will be the youngest actor to play Spider-Man, which might be a smart move from Marvel/Disney and Sony if they have plan on having Peter Parker around for some time, seeing him go from a teenager in high school to an adult who might end up founding Parker Industries.