According to just about every inch of my Facebook and Twitter feeds Marvel Studios / Sony Pictures have their Spider-Man: Tom Holland (Wolf Hall). From The Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Holland will star as the Marvel superhero, a character that has been played in recent years by Tobey Maguire in the Sam Raimi-helmed Spider-Man trilogy and Andrew Garfield in a pair of Marc Webb-directed Amazing Spider-Man
Jon Watts is set to direct Spider-Man; he earlier directed the coming-of-age thriller Cop Car, which premiered at Sundance this year.
Holland will play the mandated straight and white Spider-Man not only in Sony's 2017 "stand alone" Spider-Man film but will also have a role in Marvel's Captain America: Civil War.
More from HR:
The decision comes after stealth test-screening in Atlanta May 30 which saw Holland, who appeared as one of Naomi Watts' sons in the acclaimed tsunami drama The Impossible, and Asa Butterfield, the child star from Hugo and Ender's Game, test along with Judah Lewis (a relative newbie who will be seen in the Jean Marc-Vallee's fall drama Demolition), Matthew Lintz (who will be seen with Adam Sandler in this summer's Pixels), Charlie Plummer (who had a recurring gig on Boardwalk Empire), and Charlie Rowe (a British actor who appeared on Fox's short-lived Red Band Society).
Marvel and Sony made it point to recast Peter Parker/aka Spider-Man as a teenager as the new series will be set entirely in high school.
Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group chairman had this to say about the decision:
It's a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that's why their results are so outstanding. I'm confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I've worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special.
So, there you have it, another relatively unknown actor getting his big break in a comic book movie.