In the past, we’ve told you who almost played Spider-Man, as well as who was almost cast alongside him. In the world of film, this up-in-the-air BS happens all the time, and it usually leads to rumors — did you hear that Timothee Chalamet, Liam James, AND Nat Wolff were all considered for the role of Peter Parker? Plus, Jane Levy and Kaya Scodelario were both allegedly considered to play his love interest. Spoiler alert — none of them made the final cut.
It took casting executives quite a long time to get the ensemble of Spider-Man: Homecoming perfect. We’re not sure why or how they decided to go with the stars that are officially in the movie, but what we do have info about (as usual) is a whole bunch of casting secrets from the latest addition to the Spider-Man film universe!
Tom Holland had eight auditions before being cast as Peter Parker.
When you picture Peter Parker, you're subconsciously picturing Tom Holland — don't lie to us. But the casting directors weren't so sure. Not only did the actor audition a whopping eight times for the role, but he also reached out to his Marvel superstar friend, Chris Hemsworth, for help. After Liam's older brother put in a good word (and execs found out Tom could do backflips), the deal was sealed.
Zendaya didn't even know she was auditioning for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
This Disney Channel star didn't even know what movie, let alone character, she was auditioning for until she landed the role and read the script! She told Jimmy Fallon that she initially tried out for 'Girl in Movie' and was pleasantly surprised when she learned the truth.
Chandler Riggs (of The Walking Dead) auditioned, too.
When Chandler tweeted that he would have loved to play the role of Spider-Man in the upcoming movie, fans started to wonder if he actually auditioned. Later, he posted the same message on Facebook and confirmed that he did, in fact read for the role. Bummer — better luck next time, Chandler!
Asa Butterfield was reportedly top choice to play Spidey.
We mean, how could he not be, with those eyes? Apparently, Asa pulled ahead in the race with an exceptional audition or two during the initial casting process. We're not sure what happened, but the role eventually went to Tom Holland.
Dylan O'Brien was heavily rumored, too, but he said he never heard about it from a 'professional standpoint.'
When rumors flew that the Teen Wolf hottie was being considered for the role of Spider-Man, Dylan quickly denied them, saying that he was never contacted about auditioning. #Rude.
Mingus Lucien Reedus (Norman Reedus' son) was offered an audition, but turned it down.
Walking Dead star Norman Reedus is pretty much unanimously loved by the entire world, and he just so happens to have a cute teenage son. So cute, in fact, that he gets offered starring movie roles on the reg, without even auditioning! Recently, Spidey executives asked him to come in and read for the main character — but he TURNED DOWN THE OPPORTUNITY. How could he?! Well, apparently, it's because he doesn't want to be famous, because he thinks it'll ruin his life. Guess not everybody wants their 15 minutes!
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