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Earlier this weekend we told you here about a rumor being reported by the website “HitFix” in which they claimed that Percy Jackson and the Olympians star Logan Lerman was the frontrunner to be Peter Parker in Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot. They were wrong.
Deadline’s sources at Sony tell them that not only is Lerman not the frontrunner, he’s pretty much out of the running for Spidey altogether.
Normally I’d be quick to point out that a denial like this isn’t a definitive debunk of the story. Official studio sources often blanche at confirming anything and even when they do deny it they leave themselves wiggle room to change their mind or in some cases play fast and loose with the truth to kill a story they don’t want circulating. They’re not doing anything heinous exactly, rumors like these are pretty early in the casting process when nothing’s nailed down and so it makes sense that they don’t want to commit to anything.
In this case though, Deadline’s sources seem pretty adamant on the subject and odds are they’re giving them the straight story. Here’s how Deadline phrased the denial:
In fact, these sources were very definitive in denying the story, and were sure that Lerman was 100% not going to be Spidey and that he is not on the list of candidates being seriously considered
Sounds pretty certain. So that puts Lerman out of the running. Who’s next? Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Fugit and Johnny Simmons have all been rumored to be up for the part at some point. Or is it someone else? I know who I want. His name is Tobey Maguire.