Rumor: Percy Jackson star is the new Spider-Man

Looks like Sony has found its new Spider-Man, and his name is Percy Jackson: Logan Lerman, star of this year's Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, is "almost 100 percent locked" to take over the role of the webslinger from Tobey Maguire.

That's the report today on, citing anonymous sources:

HitFix has exclusively learned that Logan Lerman is first choice for Sony Pictures and the clear frontrunner to replace Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker in the reboot of the blockbuster franchise. A source close to the production tells HitFix Lerman is "almost 100% locked" but not in contract negotiations for the role yet.

Marc Webb ("500 Days of Summer") is directing the new untitled "Spider-Man" which is being written by James Vanderbilt ("Zodiac," "The Losers") and is meant to be a more teen-friendly incarnation, taking Peter Parker back to his early days of balancing girl trouble, homework, and crimefighting. The new film is expected to begin production later this year for a July 3, 2012 release.

Lerman reportedly beat out rumored contenders Anton Yelchin, Jesse Eisenberg, Patrick Fugit and Johnny Simmons.

Lerman's other credits include Gamer, My One and Only, Bill, 3:10 to Yuma and the TV series Jack & Bobby, in which he played Bobby.

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