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Marvel, Sony cast Tom Holland as new Spider-Man, set Jon Watts as director of 2017 film

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Actor Tom Holland from "The Impossible" arrives at the 2013 Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 10, 2013.  REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Actor Tom Holland from "The Impossible" arrives at the 2013 Critic's Choice Awards in Santa Monica, California January 10, 2013. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

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 theatres 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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