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New Spider-Man star revealed

The new Spider-Man has been revealed.

Andrew Garfield, whose credits include last year's Heath Ledger film The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, has been cast as the wall-crawling Marvel comic book hero.

The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man film begins shooting in December and is due in theatres July 3, 2012.

Marc Webb, who made the romance (500) Days of Summer, is directing for Sony Pictures.

Garfield and Webb got the jobs after star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi, who made three blockbuster Spider-Man films together, departed amid story and scheduling issues over a fourth movie.

"Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor's work understand his extraordinary talents," Webb said.

"He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker."

Among Garfield's other credits are director David Fincher's upcoming The Social Network, about the founders of Facebook, and Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan's upcoming drama, Never Let Me Go.

Garfield, who was born in the US but raised in Britain, also starred in the acclaimed UK drama Boy A.

The new film, which will be shot in 3-D, focuses on a younger Peter Parker, the Marvel Comics hero who gains superpowers after he's bitten by a radioactive spider.

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