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Andrew Garfield Cast as Peter Parker in Columbia Pictures' Next Installment of 'Spider-Man'

Columbia Pictures - 07/01/2010

After a comprehensive worldwide casting search, Andrew Garfield has been chosen to portray Peter Parker when Spider-Man swings back onto the screen in 3D on July 3, 2012. The new film will begin production in early December, directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt. Laura Ziskin and Avi Arad will produce the film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios.

Today's confirmation culminates what has been one of the most eagerly anticipated casting announcements in recent memory. Bloggers, pop culture speculators, and everyday fans have pored over and analyzed every conceivable online rumor in an attempt to discover the identity of the next actor to play Peter Parker. Garfield will immediately begin preparing for the coveted role.

The Spider-Man franchise is one of the most successful in film history and the three previous motion pictures have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office.

On selecting Garfield, director Marc Webb said, "Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents. He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Commenting on the announcement, Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, President of Columbia Pictures, said, "Spider-Man is a classic superhero -- a young man who balances his responsibility to serve humanity and crush evil with the shyness and normalcy of someone struggling to find himself. The role demands an extraordinary actor. You need someone who can magically transform himself from Peter Parker into Spider-Man. An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment. We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."

Producer Avi Arad added, "I'm incredibly excited about Andrew Garfield. In the Spider-Man tradition, we were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer. We believe we have found the perfect choice to take on this role and lead us into the future."

Producer Laura Ziskin said, "We are thrilled to have Andrew Garfield for this new incarnation of Spider-Man under Marc Webb's direction. We were fortunate enough to meet with a group of fantastically talented young men. In the end, we all agreed that in addition to being an extraordinary actor, Andrew had the right mix of humor, youth, and pathos, along with an underlying sense of strength and power necessary to bring Peter Parker and Spider-Man to life on screen."

The selection of Garfield was revealed at a press event in Cancun, Mexico for international journalists attending a media tour promoting upcoming films from Sony Pictures Entertainment. B-roll footage of the announcement will be available via satellite later this evening -- see uplink times coordinate information below.

Garfield is fast becoming one of the most respected and sought-after young actors working in the industry today. In a short career, spanning only five years, he has already been directed by, and starred alongside, some of the greatest names and received a BAFTA for a role that won him international praise.

Garfield most recently worked with director David Fincher on the upcoming film The Social Network. He previously starred for Spike Jonze on his robot love story I'm Here, which premiered at Sundance this year. He plays the lead male opposite Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan in Mark Romanek's Never Let Me Go, due for release later this year.

Other notable screen credits include Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus playing opposite Christopher Plummer, Johnny Depp, Colin Farrell, Jude Law and the late Heath Ledger; Robert Redford's Lions For Lambs, where he starred alongside Redford, Tom Cruise and Meryl Streep; Revolution Films' "Red Riding Trilogy - 1974" directed by Julian Jarrold, where he lead a stellar cast including Rebecca Hall and David Morrissey; and his unforgettable portrayal of a young ex-con in John Crowley's "Boy A," for which he earned the best actor BAFTA in 2008.

Garfield's career began in theatre and in 2006 his performances in "Beautiful Thing" (Sound Space/Kit Productions), "The Overwhelming," and "Burn / Chatroom / Citizenship" (Royal National Theatre) won him the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the Evening Standard awards and the Jack Tinker Award for Most Promising Newcomer at the Critics Circle Theatre Awards. Other notable theatre credits include "Romeo and Juliet" (Manchester Royal Exchange) and "Kes" (Manchester Royal Exchange), for which he received the Most Promising Newcomer Award at the Manchester Evening News Awards 2004.

  DOMESTIC SATELLITE COORDINATES
  Feed #1:
  Thursday July 1, 2010
  23:00-23:15 PM Eastern Time

  Feed #2:
  Friday July 2, 2010
  05:00-05:15 AM Eastern Time

  Satellite:   Galaxy 28 Transponder 17 KU Digital Slot D
  Band With: 9.00
  Uplink Frequency: 14353.5000 H
  Downlink frequency: 12053.5000 V
  FEC   3/4
  Symbol rate     5.632
  Modulation:   QPSK DVBS

  EUROPE DISTRIBUTION
  1st Feed:
  Date:  2nd July 2010
  Time: 0300-0315 GMT

  2nd Feed:
  Date:   2nd July 2010
  Time:  0600-0615 GMT

  Satellite:   Eutelsat W2A B1 CH-1 Middle
  Downlink Frequency:   10,996.00 Horizontal QPSK DVB-S
  Symbol Rate:    5.632
  FEC : 3/4
  Color:    PAL 4.3
  Pactv Ref:   172.931 & 172932

  Uplink:   Arqiva London   +44 (0) 1962 823030 -Arqiva Ref  5-14301 &
   5-14302
  Also available at BT Tower from Pacific Television Center's PTC 1

  UK broadcasters can call Pactv London for complementary refeeds via
   Tower.
  +44.207.702.1427

  ASIA/PACIFIC DISTRIBUTION
  1st Feed:
  Date:  2nd July 2010
  Time: 0300-0315 GMT

  2nd Feed:
  Date:    2nd July 2010
  Time:  0700-0715 GMT

  Satellite:     IS-5/03C Virtual CH 1
  Downlink:   3760Mhz Horizontal;
  FEC:  3/4
  Symbol Rate (Ms/s):  25.0
  Virtual Channel:   ONE
  Color:    NTSC
  Uplink:   Intelsat NAPA +707.253.9466 - Intelsat Ref 737898 & 737899
  Pactv Ref:   172.931 & 172933

  LATIN AMERICA DISTRIBUTION
  1st Feed:
  Date:  2nd July 2010
  Time: 0300-0315 GMT

  2nd Feed:
  Date:   2nd July 2010
  Time:   0900-0915 GMT

  Satellite:   IS9/24C Slot D at Orb Loc: 58'W;
  Downlink:    4173.5Mhz Horizontal QPSK DVB-S
  FEC: 3/4
  Symbol Rate (Ms/s):  6.1113
  Color:   NTSC
  Uplink:   Intelsat NAPA +707.253.9466 - Intelsat Ref 737901 & 737902
  Pactv Ref:   172.931 + 172.934


  DOMESTIC:

Footage from the photo call will be available on Sony EPK.tv (http://sony.epk.tv/ - if you do not have an account, register for an account at the top right corner. Once you are approved you can login using your email and password you created)

INTERNATIONAL:

Footage from the photo call will be available on Sony International EPK.tv (http://sonyintl.epk.tv/ - if you do not have an account, register for an account at the top right corner. Once you are approved you can login using your email and password you created)

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  For Further Information:

  Steve Elzer
  Senior Vice President, Media Relations
  Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group
  310-244-7142
  steve_elzer@spe.sony.com

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SOURCE: Columbia Pictures

CONTACT: Steve Elzer, Senior Vice President, Media Relations of Columbia
TriStar Motion Picture Group, +1-310-244-7142, steve_elzer@spe.sony.com

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