After the divisive reviews that Sony received for Marc Webb's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" and then the madness that has come with the never-ending hack, the future hash't exactly been clear for when and if a third installment of the franchise would take flight. Now an open casting call for the film has been released which again, throws us a major curveball in this intricate situation.
Bill Beckman Casting sent out the call which was looking for male and female extras ranging from 18-65 in all genders and ethnicities. The actors starring in the film were listed as Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan and a description was provided, which reads, "Peter Parker/Spider-man faces a new challenge to protect New York City".
Sony was aggressively taking steps to expand the Spidey universe before the release of the last film. They had previously announced release dates in 2016 for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" and a 2018 release date for a fourth standalone film. It was also revealed that villains would finally be getting their chance in the sun with "Sinister Six" and "Venom" films also on the pipeline.
Following the release of the second film and then the hack, there were also rumors of Spider-Man returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It wouldn't be a bad move for Sony after all, since the studio is in some serious financial and other shades of trouble. But that is their only flagship comic-book property in an age of huge popularity, so would it be a mistake to let it go in the hopes of getting back on their feet?
It's a rather confusing and complicated scenario and now this casting call adds a whole other set of questions to the mix. Does this mean the film is moving forward with an earlier release date targeted again and that the property will remain at Sony? And also is this official confirmation that Garfield is returning as the web-slinging superhero?
Webb's first attempted reboot after Sam Raimi's original trilogy was regarded as a pretty solid film. The elements appeared to be in place for a second one but the script was the big issue there and despite making a ton of money and not disappointing everyone, it angered a lot of diehard fans. Sony will certainly not be repeating the same mistake, one would speculate (and hope).
Is it possible that this casting call isn't even real? Or in the wake of all the intense events surrounding the studio, is it Sony's Hail Mary attempt to get back in the good graces of the public? Only time will tell how this one unfolds but I for one am very interested to see how it will conclude.
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