The 5 young actors reportedly on the short list to be the next Spider-Man

It's been nearly three months since Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced a partnership that will allow Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe while also launching his own brand-new series of solo adventures in 2017, and though we've talked a lot since about the character's age and about origin stories (or lack thereof), one question is still the biggest, by far: Who will play this new incarnation of the character? We already know it'll be Peter Parker and not Miles Morales under the mask, but beyond that, who will take over as the third big-screen incarnation of one of the most recognizable superheroes on the planet?

According to a new report from The Wrap, Sony is about to begin sending out test offers to several actors ahead of a final decision as early as 2-3 weeks from now, and while we might not know the full list, five names have consistently emerged from The Wrap's sources as strong contenders. Here they are:

They are Timothee Chalamet (top left), Nat Wolff (top center), Tom Holland (top right), Liam James (bottom left) and Asa Butterfield (bottom right). All five are between the ages of 18 and 20, and all have recent major film credits.

Of the five, Butterfield is possibly the most recognizable, winning acclaim in 2008 for his role in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, then moving on to lead roles in genre films like Hugo and Ender's Game before landing a coveted role in Tim Burton's upcoming adaptation of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Chalamet got noticed for his role on the Showtime drama Homeland, and got some genre attention in last year's Interstellar. He was also on a previously reported shortlist for the role of Cyclops in X-Men: Apocalypse, though he didn't land the role. Wolff, the oldest of the group at 20, has a building young fanbase that'll only grow in the coming months thanks to his leading role in the adaptation of John Green's Paper Towns, which follows up his supporting role in Green's The Fault in Our Stars adaptation. Holland found stardom with the title role of Billy Elliot the Musical on stage in London, a role he held for nearly two years. He's since gone on to work in the acclaimed drama The Impossible and can be seen now in the BBC miniseries Wolf Hall (airing on PBS in the States). James landed plenty of small TV gigs before joining the cast of crime drama The Killing from 2011 to 2014, and earned acclaim with the leading role in the indie dramedy The Way, Way Back.

So, they're all talented, they're all rising stars, and they all look capable of playing a high school student who encounters a radioactive spider. The question now is, which one, if any of them, will get the role? Some Spidey fans might be disappointed that no actors of color appear on this list, but as The Wrap's report notes, it might not be the whole list. The man who will be Peter Parker might not be among the five, but these young men are at the very least in the center of the Spider-Man rumor mill for the moment.

What do you think of these five actors? Who would you cast?

(Via The Wrap)

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