Andrew Garfield

Unknown actor Andrew Garfield will swing into the role of Spider-Man in the reboot of the successful comic book franchise, Sony Pictures announced Thursday.

Garfield will bring Peter Parker, and his crime-fighting alter ego Spider-Man, back to high school in a new 3-D film set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012. Sony Pictures decided to return to Parker's teenage years after the studio passed on a fourth Spider-Man starring Tobey Maguire and directed by Sam Raimi.

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"Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents," director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) said. "He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Garfield, 26, most recently appeared in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and will next star in Never Let Me Go, co-starring Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan, and The Social Network, the Facebook movie directed by David Fincher.

"The role demands an extraordinary actor. ... An actor who will depict the vulnerability of youth and the strength and confidence of a legendary figure at the same moment," Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairwoman Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures President Matt Tolmach said in a joint statement. "We have found that actor in Andrew Garfield. From the first time we saw him in the upcoming film The Social Network, to his glorious screen test, which floored all of us, we knew that we had found our new Peter Parker."

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