Welcome The New Spider-Man Tom Holland!

After an all-day screen-testing last Saturday of six teenage boys, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios finally announced today, Tuesday June  23rd, who will be the next Spider-Man.

The Hollywood Reporter describes the process of selecting who gets to wear the blue and red suit next “The tests cap off a worldwide search in which the producers looked at over 1,500 boys from around the world, narrowing them down to the final six only in the last two weeks or so.

The actors were flown to Atlanta for the tests; that is where Marvel is currently in production on Civil War, the movie in which the character will be introduced before going on to headline his own hopeful trilogy that will be made by Sony Pictures.

Present for the tests were Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige, former Sony head and now a Spider-Man producer Amy Pascal and Joe and Anthony Russo, the brothers who are directing Civil War.”

Now we have our new Spider-Man! The British Actor Tom Holland, just 19 years old, will be directed by Jon Watts. According to ABC News Tom Holland will follow in the footsteps of
Andrew Garfield and Toby Maguire on the big screen.

Tom Holland Getty Images

Tom Holland Getty Images

This role is a big responsibility for a young actor and Tom Holland will join Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk and his fellow Avengers on the big screen for the first time.

The news about Tom Holland being cast as the new Spider-Man was trending all day on Social Media and here are two of many reactions:

Josh Gad on Twitter

Josh Gad tweet

And we think it is also fair to mention another point of view and reaction to Tom Holland being cast as Spider-Man. There was hope that Mike Morales could be playing Peter Parker as the first black and Latino character, but reading Forbes “A contract between Sony Pictures and Marvel outlines “Mandatory Character Traits” Peter Parker and Spider-Man must have. Peter Parker must be a white, heterosexual male with all the basic origin story elements — Aunt May and Uncle Ben, costuming, and life in Queens, New York. Spider-Man, meanwhile, has to be a squeaky clean male (no foul language, smoking, drugs, et al) who is not gay, unless Marvel decides to portray a gay alter ego first.”

Times are changing and it is up to each and every single one of us to decide what is right, and at the box office we all count.

Why British Actors Are So Popular In The U.S.

Let’s face it, British actors are super popular in the U.S., but why? Is it the accent, the acting, the good looks. Probably a combination of all.

It seems like there’s one under every rock. British actors are a hot commodity lately and very few movies don’t include one nowadays. We can call it the British invasion part deux.

Remember the days of the Beatles and all those classic rock bands that came from the other side of the Atlantic? Americans couldn’t get enough of their music or looks and a similar phenomenon is happening with British actors.

Some theorize that there are not enough talented actors in the U.S. to go around, hence, British ones get the parts and so American audiences get lucky enough to see one in every other big movie that hits theaters.

If you look at all the major films that have come out in the past few years, invariably you will find a British actor cast, either in a major role or as a supporting actor. Benedict Cumberbatch has gone from unknown in the U.S. to a household name, as have others such as Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything).


Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman in Sherlock (BBC)

Series such as Downton Abbey and Sherlock draw in millions of viewers each week and keep them glued to their TVs. Same can be said about movies. Not only the dramas 12 Years a Slave (Cumberbatch), Gone Girl (Rosamund Pike) and Selma (David Oyelowo) starred British actors (all of whom got a nod from the Academy with nominations, but superhero blockbusters such as the Avengers (Tom Hiddleston) series and let’s not forget Man of Steel cast a Brit, Henry Cavill, to play the quintessential Superman.

The rise of British actors is nothing new and perhaps we just notice it now, more than before, but one thing is certain, with the use of computers the chance of one of them getting cast in a major film is bigger than ever. They don’t have to fly to a big studio in Los Angeles to audition, Skype will suffice, as many casting directors are accommodating to very busy schedules. Social media also helps the Brits put themselves out there and fans love that.

One thing that separates British actors from their American counterparts is their training. The majority of Brits are theater trained actors, some — like Luke Evans who is a rising star — come from musical theater. This gives them a completely different advantage and audiences notice. Americans are more rooted on emotion, while the Brits really study their characters.

Henry Cavill in Man of Steel

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (Warner Bros.)

British actors are certainly all the rave in America, but that is not to say we don’t have quality performers on this side of the Atlantic. Think Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams. We could go on and on, but for some reason we are really liking the British invasion. The British are coming, the British are coming!

[Image via Working Title/Eddie Redmayne]

British Actors Who Are Not On Twitter (or Facebook) — But Fans Love Anyway

British actors not on Twitter

Previously we came up with a list of British actors who we are lucky enough to have on Twitter, however, there are many more who still haven’t joined social media and don’t have immediate plans to do so, but fans love anyway. Here are a few of them.


Henry Cavill

Henry Cavill as Superman in Man of Steel (Warner Bros.)

Superman has stated he does not plan to join social media, as much as his fans would love him to and he may be saving the internet from crashing if he ever joins.

With the new Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the follow up to his Man of Steel, coming next year, Henry is sure to be on the spotlight once again. In the meantime we can follow all his new projects including The Man From U.N.C.L.E. which opens in theaters later this summer on one of his many fan sites.


Matthew Macfadyen

Matthew Macfadyen as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice 2005 (Focus Feature)

Ah, if only Mr. Darcy was on social media…but Matthew Macfadyen is simply not the type to self-promote and talk about himself on Twitter or Facebook. Even though he has suggested he does use a computer for personal reasons and has preteens, the social media bug hasn’t bitten the quiet Brit.

As with Cavill above, if Macfadyen would ever join any site, the hotness would surely melt many computer screens. In the meantime a good place to follow all the happenings in his career are our good friends @pandp2005 on Twitter. They will keep you up-to-date on everything Matthew Macfadyen.


Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (Paramount Pictures)

This is one of THE hottest British actors at the moment and things for Ben are going great on the professional and personal level. He has starred in more films that we can keep up with (check his IMDB profile) and topped it all with an Oscar nomination for his role as Alan Turing in Imitation Game.

His fandom, who call themselves the “Cumberbitches,” would love nothing more than to have the object of their obsession on Twitter, but so far it hasn’t happened. He could also break the site with his presence. He is one to watch for sure, a rising star in every sense of the word.


Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne as Jack in The Pillars of the Earth (Tandem Communications)

Here is another Brit who has made it to Hollywood and we are happy to have him. Eddie Redmayne — a film, television, and stage actor — has been steadily rising in notoriety on the big screen and he made a big splash in 2014.

Redmayne took home the Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, BAFTA, and Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his performance as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. We expect to have many more memorable roles from Eddie in the future and maybe someday he will join Twitter.


Kit Harington

Kit Harington as Jon Snow in Game of Thrones (HBO)

Jon Snow in Game of Thrones used to have a Facebook account, but in 2014 decided to do away with it, because he was tired of mindlessly looking at people’s timelines. What?

Don’t hold your breath that Kit will join Twitter either, one of the reasons is the urge to tweet after too much drinking and he confessed, “I’m a (bleeping) idiot when I’m drunk.”


Martin Freeman

Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit Trilogy (Image via Peter Jackson)

Can you imagine if Watson was on Twitter? Martin is one of the funniest British actors out there and we are sure he would be hilarious if he was on social media.

However, just like his Sherlock co-star, Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin has no presence on social media. What a waste, but we still love him.


JJ Feild

JJ Feild as Major John Andre in TURN (AMC)

Now JJ Feild is an interesting case. He is mostly known for his period drama roles in England, but not widely familiar to American audiences, until this year.

The very handsome American-born Brit has been acting since 1999 and has a long list of films under his belt, but people have paid more attention to his Major John Andre (who couldn’t?) in the AMC series, TURN: Washington’s Spies. If you haven’t met him, give him a chance, you won’t be disappointed.


Charlie Hunnam

Charlie Hunnam as Jax in Sons of Anarchy (FOX)

The Sons of Anarchy hunk was at one point cast as Christian Grey, the sexy, twisted billionaire from Fifty Shades of Grey, but that didn’t come to pass.

Even though Charlie is super excited to be a big star, he really doesn’t care about the notoriety part of the business, as he told ET Online, “I don’t really engage in social media, and I don’t really watch the news or read newspapers so I haven’t been too cognizant of exactly what the reaction has been.”


Theo James

Theo James as Four in Divergent (Summit Entertainment)

The Divergent star was largely unknown before being cast opposite Shailene Woodley in the Veronica Roth film adaptations. Now millions know who he is.

“I don’t have it and I never will. Other actors I know are really good at it and they rock and roll it, but it’s not for me.” Theo told Flaunt magazine about Twitter and Facebook earlier this year. How sad for his fans.



Christian Bale

Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight (Warner Bros.)

The Dark Knight doesn’t need any introductions after reviving the iconic comics character in Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, but you will not find him on social media either.

Maybe it’s because he’s known to have a temper and oh, the things that come out of his mouth sometimes.

There are countless more British actors — they seem to grow under rocks everywhere — but these are only a few of the hottest names in showbiz that you will not find on Twitter or Facebook. Do you follow a favorite British actor who is not on social media? Let us know on the space below.

[Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice, Image via BBC]