It was announced a month or so ago that 27 Year-Old British actor Andrew Garfield (soon to be seen in David Fincher’s The Social Network) has landed the role of Peter Parker, AKA Spider-Man, in the upcoming reboot of the superhero franchise. But there were many actors in the running for the role, including Jamie Bell (Billy Elliot), Tom Felton (Draco in Harry Potter) and 17 year-old Josh Hutcherson (Bridge To Terabithia, Journey to the Centre of the Earth).

Hutcherson seemed the firm favourite, but Garfield surprisingly came out on top. Personally, I think Hutcherson is a much wiser choice. He has shown great talent in his roles, particularly in Bridge to Terabithia, and the original idea of the Spider-Man reboot was to take Parker back to High School, so he would have been exactly the right age. But now with the casting of Garfield, there are talks of moving the action to Parker in College to fit the age of the actor.

Now Hutcherson’s screen test tape has made its way online, showing what he could have done in the role, and also how convincing he is in both the role of awkward teen nerd and handling himself with the fight scenes. Check out the video below:

 

It is a great shame we’ll never see him in the role, but Garfield is also a promising talent so lets see what he will bring to the film.

The Spider-Man reboot is to be directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) for a Summer 2012 release.

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