Toby Maguire Signs on For ‘Life of Pi’ …der-Man

Tobey Maguire will re-team with his Ice Storm and Ride With the Devil director Ang Lee for Life of Pi. The film is an adaptation of Yann Martel’s bestselling novel of the same name about a boy at sea in a lifeboat with a tiger, a zebra, a hyena, and an orangutan. According to Variety Maguire will play the writer who interviews the boy, played by newcomer Suraj Sharma.

Life of Pi will be an FX heavy 3D picture, and it’s scheduled to splash onto screens Dec. 14, 2012.

Andrew Garfield Is the New Spider-Man

After months of intense casting rumors, Sony and director Marc Webb have chosen their new Spider-Man, and he is 26-year-old actor Andrew Garfield. Save for a role in the forgettable Tom Cruise/Meryl Streep/Robert Redford liberal message movie Lions for Lambs, I am entirely unfamiliar with Garfield’s work, so I don’t have much of a place opining on the subject. I will, however, say that he doesn’t look 15 as he should for this reboot, nor does he look like a nerd. I also know, though, that make-up and wardrobe can do wonders. And I don’t think anyone has the right to mock any superhero movie casting after everyone scoffed at Heath Ledger. I was one of the few who had faith in him, and the doubters all came around as soon as they saw footage. So I’ll hold my tongue and hope for a good film, considering Marc Webb made one of my favorite movies of last year, (500) Days of Summer. In any case, I think we’ll all get a better look at Garfield when David Fincher’s The Social Network premieres this fall. I’m really looking forward to that.

Does anybody know if this guy’s funny, though? I loved Tobey Maguire’s portrayal of the wall-crawler, but he was light on Spidey’s trademark quips.