Newcomer Tom Holland suits up for Spider-Man Homecoming; Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk; another remake of Planet Of The Apes. Plus, what’s new in the world of streaming TV
Were you a Spider-Man fan as a kid?
“Huge. I reckon I had 30 SpiderMan costumes over the years since I was a little baby. I had Spider-Man bed sheets. Two years ago, I went to a fancy dress party dressed as Spider-Man and looked like an absolute idiot.”
How did you find out you were Spider-Man?
“After my final audition they said you’ll find out tomorrow. Fast forward six weeks and I was still waiting. One day Marvel posted on their Instagram, ‘Go to our website to find out who the new Spider-Man is,’ and that was it. I went ballistic!”
Did a stuntman really punch you in the face?
“Yeah, I was supposed to dodge [the stuntman’s punch] and I just didn’t see it coming. He had this massive gauntlet in his hand and he punched me in the face so hard, like you wouldn’t believe. But it looks great!”
Growing up in London, Tom Holland was more interested in pursuing a career in dance than acting. But after a three-year stint onstage as Billy Elliot, Tom won a role in the 2004 drama The
Impossible. In the latest SpiderMan reboot, Tom hopes to bring the blockbuster franchise back to its former glory.