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24/06/2015 03:22 BST | Updated 24/06/2015 07:59 BST

Tom Holland Announced As New ‘Spider-Man': Marvel Confirm 19-Year-Old Brit Actor Will Replace Andrew Garfield In Next Film

Tom Holland has been announced as the new ‘Spider-Man’.

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The young, relatively unknown British actor, who has appeared in the ‘Billy Elliot’ stage musical, will take over from fellow Brit Andrew Garfield in the role.

Marvel and Sony confirmed the 19-year-old will star in the new film, which is due to hit cinema screens in July 2017.

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In a statement, Marvel said: "The studios and producers were impressed by Holland's performances in The Impossible, Wolf Hall, and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests.

"For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom's screen tests were special."

Ron Howard, who directed Tom in the forthcoming ‘In The Heart Of The Sea’, says the young star will bring 'heart and humour' to the role.

"Tom's young, incredibly agile and fit. He's also very accessible and very relatable,” he told the BBC.

"He's one of us and has tremendous skills as an actor.

"His years as Billy Elliot have served him well. He does his own stunts, some really challenging ones.

"He's very down to earth, very hard working and has great sense of fun."

When asked about the pressure the new high-profile role would bring, Howard added: "Tom has a good sense of how the film industry works as a business. He'll handle that pressure very well.

"He's a great young talent and also has the attitude to maximise all of his potential and I'm very excited for him."

Before his starring role as Spidey, Tom is expected to make an appearance as the web-slinger in ‘Captain America: Civil War’.

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Marvel and Sony also announced that Jon Watts will direct the next "Spider-Man" film, scheduled for release in 2017.

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