The British-American Actor recently chosen to portray the title character in the fourth installment of the monstrously popular ‘Spiderman’ film franchise is none other than ‘Lions for Lambs’ star Andrew Garfield. In additional to his turn as the emotively troubled Peter Parker, Mr. Garfield garnered critical acclaim in work such as the Jonathan Trigell-adaptation ‘Boy A’ along with a resonant role in the latter-day ‘Dr Who’ television series’ ‘Daleks in Manhattan’ episode. Mr. Garfield also stars in the upcoming biopic ‘The Social Network’, a late 2010 drama set to revolve around the initial start-up and launch of the online social networking giant ‘Facbeook’.
With his upcoming portrayal of Marvel comic’s webbed avenger, Andrew Garfield follows in the footsteps of Tobey Maguire, another relativley unknown actor who helmed the franchises’ lead character to uncharted heights of popularity and box office success. The next installment of the series is set for theatrical release in July 2012, and will follow the popular 3-D trend resurgent in recent big budget Hollywood releases.
In preparation for the upcoming release, the following is an alphabetical look at the next would-be box office conquering hero:
A: ‘Boy A’.
The previously mentioned Jonathan Trigell-penned narrative that closely relates to the real life tragedy surrounding the James Patrick Bulger case set in the United Kingdom. Garfield won the 2008 Best Actor BAFTA TV Award for his portrayal of the title character ‘Jack Burridge’. The critically acclaimed film also featured ‘Children of Men’ star and upcoming ‘Harry Potter’ sign-on, Peter Mullen.
B: Ben Mezrich.
Author of the Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg biopic: ‘The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of Facebook, a Tale of Sex, Money, Genius and Betrayal’. Garfield stars in the feature film version of the author’s non-fiction work titled ‘The Social Network’, set for release in late 2010.
C: Central School of Speech and Drama.
Garfield graduated from the University on London affiliated theater school in 2004. Notable past presidents of the London-based school include Academy and Tony Award-winning actress Dame Judi Dench, and Academy Award winning actor Lord Laurence Olivier.
D: Doctor Parnassus.
The lead character in the 2009 Academy Award nominated film, ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus‘. Garfield stars along side actors Johnny Depp, Tom Waits, Colin Farrell, Jude Law, and ‘The Dark Knight’ standout Heath Ledger; in this under- the-radar fantasy tale revolving around the thousand year old head of a traveling theater troupe.
E: Epsom and Ewell.
This borough in Surrey, England served as Andrew Garfield’s place of residence during his formative years. The town of Epsom is located in southeast England, and situated within the Greater London Metropolitan area.
F: David Fincher.
The ‘Fight Club’ director guides the newest Garfield flick ‘The Social Network’ set for release in late 2010. A few of the director’s previous releases include, Se7en, Alien 3, and 2008’s ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, a film for which he received an Academy Award nomination for best director.
A championship gymnast in his youth, this fact may have been a deciding factor in evaluating his ability to play the limber, web-slinging superhero.
H: Chris R Hughes.
A founding member of online social network website ‘Facebook’. Hughes, in conjunction with Harvard roommates Mark Zuckerberg, Dustin Moskovitz, and Eduardo Saverin; created the ubiquitous online destination in 2004.
2003 film set in Dublin, Ireland also stars ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus’ costar and Heath Ledger stand-in Colin Farrell
J: James Vanderbilt.
The Vanderbilt family member/Director signed on to guide the 2012 ‘reboot’ of the ‘Spiderman’ franchise after initially agreeing to head the cancelled ‘Spiderman 4’ project. The ‘Darkness Falls’ director is also credited with helming the 2010 comic book adaptation ‘The Losers’.
K: Kiera Knightly.
Co-star in upcoming British Sci-Fi flick ‘Never let Me Go’. The love story/dystopian tale was penned by ’28 Days’ writer Alex Garland, and set for a fall 2010 US release.
L: Los Angeles California.
Place of birth and home to Garfield prior to age three.
M: Marvel Comics.
American-based publishing company whose characters have adorned movie screens to the tune of billions of dollars in box office receipts. Upcoming projects include: Thor (2011), X-Men: First Class (2011), Captain America (2011), and The Avengers (2012).
N: Never Let Me Go.
The previously mentioned DNA Films release is set in England and stars Andrew Garfield, Keira Knightley and ‘Pride and Prejudice’ actor Carey Mulligan. The film is a big screen adaptation of ‘Remains of the Day’ writer Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel of the same name.
O: Online: Andrew Garfield’ twitter page ‘IAndrewGarfield’ currently boasts 31 followers. A number that’s sure to rise as franchise-crazed fans dig deep into the lead actor’s profile.
P: Most Promising Newcomer.
Award given to Garfield by the Manchester Evening News Theatre for his role in the theatrical production ‘Kes’ at the Manchester Royal Exchange.
Web Analytics Company ranked Facebook.com # 4 in the US by web traffic volume. Facebook is the topic of the upcoming Garfield movie ‘The Social Network’
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S: Eduardo Saverin.
Character portrayed by Garfield in upcoming 2010 film ‘The Social Network.’ Eduardo Saverin is a co-founder of the ubiquitous web company, and listed as a consultant for the upcoming theatrical release.
T: Terry Gilliam.
The ’12 Monkeys’ director also lent guidance to the Garfield film ‘The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.‘ Widely recognized as an original member of the Monty Python comedy troupe, Gilliam has directed such feature films as ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ and the ‘The Fisher King’.
While the ‘Spiderman’ sequel touts the term ‘reboot’ to indicate the direction the series will take, there is currently no working title added to the film. ‘Spiderman 4’ is a project that was developed and then cancelled in 2007 due to time constraints and directorial changes.
The previous ‘Spiderman’ films featured the ‘Hob-Goblin’ and ‘Doctor Octopus’ in lead villain roles. No talk has shed light on the nature of the lead villain in this installment of the series, but no doubt the casting and portrayal will be subject matter long debated in the near future.
W: Mary Jane Watson.
Peter Parker love interest portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in the previous ‘Spiderman’ films. No lead actress has been announced for the role to date.
Chief rival film franchise to Garfield’s ‘Spiderman’ series, the fellow Marvel production will release films in 2011, and 2012.
Y: Anton Yelchin.
Russian born ‘Alpha Dog’ star rumored to be in the final running for lead ‘Spiderman’ role before the Andrew Garfield selection.
Z: Zombie Film.
’28 Days’ and the sequel ’28 Weeks Later’ are each films developed by ‘Never Let Me go’ writer Alex Garland.
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