June 23, 2015 1:58 pm

Tom Holland to play Peter Parker in next Spider-Man movie

Tom Holland, pictured in January 2013.

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LOS ANGELES — The Spidey search is over.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced Tuesday that The Impossible star Tom Holland would be taking over the role of Peter Parker and the web-slinging superhero in the next Spider-Man film, set to hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

Jon Watts, who directed the indie thriller Cop Car, has been set to direct the still-untitled film

Sony Pictures promises a new creative direction for this iteration of Spider-Man. Since 2002, there have been five films in the $4 billion series, with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield previously in the title role.

Holland, a 19-year-old English actor, has also appeared in Locke and the TV series Wolf Hall. He can be seen this December in Ron Howard’s In the Heart of the Sea.

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