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Daniel Radcliffe gives up on Spider-Man dream

Published 03/10/2016

Daniel Radcliffe
Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe is happy with Tom Holland's portrayal of Spider-Man, but would've liked the role himself.

Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe has given up on his dream of playing Spider-Man on the big screen.

The 27-year-old actor recently revealed his lifetime ambition has been to take on the role of Peter Parker and his arachnid alter-ego.

However, last year (15), it was announced that 20-year-old Tom Holland would be portraying the character next - debuting in Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War before enjoying his first solo big screen adventure in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year (17).

Tom took over the part from fellow Brit Andrew Garfield, and Daniel has now resigned himself to the fact that the opportunity for him to take on the role is now more than unlikely.

"At one point Daniel had shown interest in the Spider-Man role, however at this time there is no interest in any future roles for the character," a representative for Daniel told Showbizspy.com.

The actor had previously revealed he had been angling to play the schoolboy turned superhero in an interview with Britain's Metro newspaper.

"I love superhero movies," he explained. "I would've been a good Spider-Man but the boat has sailed on that and I'm very happy to watch Tom Holland do it. He's fantastic."

Despite appearing as Harry Potter in eight movies, Daniel said he's still game for a role in another major franchise - although he'd prefer a role which doesn't keep him tied up for a decade.

"If it was good enough and something I was interested in," he told The Metro. "I’m not sure if I’d sign up for something that was another seven or eight films or ten years but a shorter franchise, yeah."

He has also refused to entirely rule out the possibility of reprising his role as Harry, saying he'd consider it after taking an extended break from the character.

"You never want to close a door on anything, especially something that has been so good to me," Daniel previously told Britain's The Sun newspaper. "At the moment I am definitely not at a stage where I would feel comfortable going back to it (Harry Potter), who knows in 10 and 20 years if I would feel differently about that."

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