Tobey Maguire is set to star as one of the most popular comic book icons of all time in Columbia Pictures’ live-action feature film adaptation “Spider-Man.”
The 25-year-old actor most recently earned acclaim for his roles in Curtis Hanson’s “Wonder Boys,” in which he starred opposite Michael Douglas, and in 2000 Best Picture Oscar nominee “The Cider House Rules,” directed by Lasse HallstrÃ¶m.
Spider-Man is helmed by Sam Raimi ( “The Gift,” “For Love of the Game,” “A Simple Plan”), a self-confessed fanatic of the cagey, web-spinning hero. Laura Ziskin ( “As Good As it Gets,” “To Die For,” “Pretty Woman”) and Oscar nominee Ian Bryce (“Almost Famous,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Twister” produce. Avi Arad (“X-Men,” “Blade”) serves as executive producer.
“I am delighted with this choice,” said studio chairman Amy Pascal. “Tobey’s acting ability and incredible screen presence and Sam’s creative vision are a powerful combination to bring Spider-Man to the screen.”
“As an actor, Tobey is a director’s dream,” said Raimi. “He has all the qualities we were looking for in our Peter Parker.” Maguire’s other film credits include Ang Lee’s “Ride With the Devil” and “The Ice Storm,” Gary Ross’ “Pleasantville” and Woody Allen’s “Deconstructing Harry.”
Spider-Man, the creation of veteran comic book writer Stan Lee, first appeared in comic books in 1962. The story centers on student Peter Parker who, after being bitten by a radioactive spider, gains superhuman strength and the spider-like ability to cling to any surface. Peter first uses his powers to make money, but when his beloved Uncle Ben is killed by thieves after Peter chooses not to get involved, he vows to dedicate his life to fighting crime.
The film is slated to begin shooting in Los Angeles in November. The production will then move to New York. “Spider-Man” is being readied for a November 2001 release.
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