New “Spider-Man ” Picked

Sony Pictures has finally chosen the actor who will play Peter Parker in the latest incarnation of “Spider-Man.” US-born and UK-raised Andrew Garfield has been picked to don the “Spider-Man” suit, replacing Tobey Maguire, who backed out after starring in three successful installments of the film franchise.

Garfield’s credits include Heath Ledger’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus,” and the upcoming “The Social Network,” which focuses on the lives of the founders of the now-ubiquitous Facebook. Garfield is also set to appear in the drama “Never Let Me Go” with Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan. The 26-year-old dual citizenship holder also starred in critically acclaimed films “Lions for Lambs” and “Boy A.”

Producer Avi Arad said Garfield will play a new and “cool” Peter Parker. “We were looking for a smart, sensitive, and cool new Peter Parker who can inspire us and make us laugh, cry, and cheer,” Arad said.

Directing Garfield in “Spider-Man” will be Marc Webb, who helmed the surprise 2009 hit “(500) Days of Summer. The yet to be titled “Spider-Man” is set for a 2012 release and will be filmed in 3-D.