Hi everyone, it is holiday season here in the U.S. (in Japan too, of course!) Well, here in Hollywood, our favorite celebrities are HARD at work filming movies for 2011 and 2012...including fan favorite "Spider-Man", which JUST started filming in Los Angeles on Wednesday. The crew's first day was spent in downtown Los Angeles, filming a funeral scene for Gwen Stacy, the love interest of Spiderman. As I am sure all you comic book fans are well aware, this will be the first time for the NEW Spiderman and Gwen Stacy to be featured in the film.
Until now the international best selling franchise featured Tobey McGuire as Spiderman, and Kirsten Dunst played his love interest. For this yet-to-be-named Spiderman, Peter Parker/Spiderman will be played by American-British actor Andrew Garfield, who has recently been getting a lot of attention from his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's best friend in the best selling film (and most likely Oscar contender) "Social Network". And Gwen Stacy is being portrayed by Emma Stone, an actress that was featured in the big hit from this year, "Zombieland".
Emma Stone is probably known amongst fans for her beautiful red hair, but in order to give a convincing performance of Spiderman's girlfriend, she recently dyed her hair blond. Emma Stone also told MTV in an interview recently that both her and Andrew had to do alot of studying about science, because both the characters have a pretty good knowledge of science. The actress went on to say that she was home-schooled growing up, and so she never got the opportunity to go to a chemistry class in a "traditional class room" situation, and so she learned a lot!
Meanwhile, Andrew Garfield has admitted to feeling quite a bit of pressure in filling the shoes that Tobey McGuire so brilliantly filled for three movies, and said recently in an interview that he had gotten some advice from none other than Stan Lee, the co-creator of the character. He said that Stan Lee told him to be a "very simple, everyday, ordinary kid who just happens to be good at science." And he said that one of the reasons that Spiderman has so much appeal to people all over the world is that it is easy to relate to him because he isn't that different from the average guy".
Other actors that have been cast in the upcoming Spiderman include Welsh actor Rhys Ifans as the villan, along with Academy AWard winning actress Sally Field and Martin Sheen, who will be playing Peter Parker's parents, and Denis Leary, who will be playing Gwen Stacy's father. And most recently it was announced that Slumdog Millionaire actor Irrfan Khan will be playing a character called Nels Van Adder, and one of my favorite character actors Campbell Scott will also be playing a role in the film.
If all goes well, director Marc Webb (a new director who recently received much recognition for his film "500 Days of Summer" ) announced that the film will be opening on July 3, 2012. Are you as excited about seeing how the NEW "Spider-Man" turns out as I am????