Josh Hutcherson On Making the Spider-Man Shortlist: 'It's Pretty Exciting'

joshhutchersonmain.jpgIf you're a young actor in Hollywood, there's no hotter role up for grabs right now than the lead in Marc Webb's reboot of Spider-Man. Casting has been underway for months -- and two more names were recently added to the shortlist -- but one constant has been 17-year-old Josh Hutcherson, who's been rumored to be a heavy favorite. When I talked to Hutcherson earlier today for his role in The Kids Are All Right, I tried to find out how he was dealing with all the added scrutiny.

It was recently reported that Aaron Johnson and Anton Yelchin were now on the shortlist for the role. Are you still in the mix?

Yeah. I mean, it'd be an amazing role, I think. I grew up loving the movies, so we'll see. It'd be an amazing movie to be a part of.

It seems like it's been a really long casting process.

It has. I think they went through a couple different breakdowns. They're trying to figure out who exactly it is and what they want it to be and lock that down.

Does it freak you out at all? It's a very public process.

I mean it is, but it's kind of exciting at the same time to see how much excitement there is already built up about it. I'm really excited for the restarting either way. People are like, "Did you read the comics growing up?" No, not really, but the first movie came out when I was nine years old! I grew up watching those movies.

You've been a child actor for a long time. Now you're about to turn 18, and you're on a shortlist for roles with people like Andrew Garfield, who's 27 years old.


What is that experience like? Is this what you've been waiting for?

It's just an honor. Ever since I first started acting, it hasn't ever been a spur of the moment thing I wanted to do. It's been my passion to do this forever. To be considered with these other actors who've been doing this for a while and to be in a movie with Annette Bening, Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, it's just an honor, really. I'm so fortunate to be here and I hope to continue working with this pedigree of people and be on the same list as these other actors. I'm like, "Oh my God, they're up for this role, too? That's crazy! I'm never gonna get it." It's pretty exciting.


  • anonymous says:

    c'mon sony and webb why is this guy even on the list, he's not making an impression at all on the spiderman fan polls. the favorites remain logan lerman and new people like yelchin and aaron johnson. you should read the hate that's being posted about hutcherson not because he can't act which he can actually but he's really not a peter parker or spidey vibe. and he hasn't even read the comic books????!!! at least that's one positive thing from this article, spiderman fans now know what a bad choice he would be the role

  • bierce says:

    I'm rooting for Justin Bieber to play Spider-Man, because
    his smile is like watching a baby bunny sniff a tiny flower,
    he's good, like salt and homemade bread,
    he's like a dreamy Christmas elf,
    and I love the way his hair really knows where to go.

  • Katy says:

    Get this pentagon headed son of a bitch out of my face, Donald Glover or GTFO. Or Justin Bieber, sure.

  • Felicia says:

    I think its an exciting role to watch! I'm looking forward for that movie!

  • Jo Denny says:

    Wow, Spider Man must have been a real blast to make. Pretty cool life to live.