The Strange Role Spider-Man Star Tom Holland Plays In A Monster Calls

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Despite his relatively young age, 20-year-old Tom Holland has already made a big impression on moviegoers over the last few years. Not only has he starred in a series of critical darlings such as Locke and The Impossible, but he also recently achieved worldwide acclaim as the latest incarnation of Spider-Man. You would think that his job as the Web-Head would keep him incredibly busy, but it seems that he's even had time for certain uncredited roles in upcoming movies. Get ready, Spider-Man fans, because it turns out that Tom Holland has an incredibly odd role in J.A. Bayona's upcoming film, A Monster Calls -- and it's not what you'd expect.

According to a new report from THR, it appears that Tom Holland helped bring the titular monster in A Monster Calls to life during the film's production. The movie recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, and astute audience members noticed a brief shout out to the Web-Head in the film's credits. It turns out that Mr. Holland actually served as the stand in for the creature in A Monster Calls -- which was added into the film digitally in post-production. There aren't too many giant, Groot-like monsters walking around with Liam Neeson's voice, so finding someone to double for the film's outlandish creature was a fairly important job for director J.A. Bayona when crafting the film.

It seems that Tom Holland's assistance on the set of the film was very much appreciated by the film's star. 14-year-old Lewis MacDougal remarked upon Holland's involvement in the film and praised the Spider-Man actor for helping him act off of something during these scenes. Most actors have to work with a tennis ball on a stick in these situations, but MacDougal had the luxury of working alongside another performer to deliver his performance.

Although you won't actually get to see Tom Holland at any point during A Monster Calls, you should still seriously take it upon yourself to check the film out when it finally hits theaters. CinemaBlend's own Sean O'Connell had the opportunity to see the film at the Toronto International Film Festival this year, and he very firmly described it as "the year's best movie." Considering all of this year's stellar films, that's pretty high praise.

Check out a trailer for the film below to get a better sense of what you're in for:

CinemaBlend will bring you all of the latest and greatest movie news as it becomes available to us. Make sure to check out A Monster Calls when it hits theaters later this winter on January 12, 2017. Beyond that, you can catch Tom Holland as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man when Jon Watts' Spider-Man: Homecoming debuts in theaters on July 7, 2017.

Conner Schwerdtfeger

Originally from Connecticut, Conner grew up in San Diego and graduated from Chapman University in 2014. He now lives in Los Angeles working in and around the entertainment industry and can mostly be found binging horror movies and chugging coffee.