Is Chris Zylka Playing Flash Thompson In The Spider-Man Reboot?

Chris Zylka in Shark Night
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It was bound to happen. Since the casting of Andrew Garfield as the new Spider-Man for Marc Webb's reboot of the franchise, it has been a cavalcade of big names, including the likes of Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, and Sally Field. But it's impossible to have an established movie star play in every role. Enter Chris Zylka.

Zylka, who plays Joey Donner in the TV series version of 10 Things I Hate About You, has apparently been cast in the next Spidey flick. Apparently he's known for a while, as on November 12th he Tweeted "SPIDERMAN!!!!," but the news was confirmed when an old friend congratulated him on the role. So now the question is what role he could be playing, and Comic Book Movie believes it has the answer. Citing "a friend," they are saying that Zylka will play Eugene "Flash" Thompson, the school bully who picks on Peter Parker but is endlessly fascinated with the works of the web-slinger. Joe Manganiello, who is actually in the running to play Superman in Zack Snyder's reboot of the DC Comics franchise, played the role in Sam Raimi's trilogy (though he didn't show up in Spider-Man 2).

Having never seen an episode of 10 Things I Hate About You I can't really speak to Zylka's talent level, but his resume is fairly limited. Outside of the show, his career has largely consisted of small, one-off appearances in other television programs, but played a character named "Mr. Hottie" in the movie The People I've Slept With (no, I've never heard of it either). So what do we think, people? Is this our new Flash Thompson?

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