Jude Law was up for playing Spider-Man, is a self-proclaimed fan
If you think superhero casting speculation is reaching fever pitch these days, imagine what it was like in 2000, before there was ever a live-action Spider-Man on the big screen. Before Tobey Maguire was finally cast, some wild names were thrown around, and it’s fun to imagine how different things could have been.
With Sam Raimi already attached, his regular collaborator Bruce Campbell’s name came up, which would have been fun considering he was 42 in 2000. Two names that got the role going were “big 90s and it’s interesting to imagine how differently their careers might have turned out had they been cast – Chris O’Donnell (who had played Robin at this point) and Freddie Prinze Jr (who would play Fred in the Scooby-Doo movies in 2002).
The two biggest names circulating in the role were Tobey Maguire’s best friend – Leonardo DiCaprio, whose rep politely responded; “He obviously gets approached all the time for great ideas, but he has to see the script.” Given that DiCaprio had movies directed by Scorsese and Spielberg released in 2002, that never seemed like a likely prospect.
Another name that came up was Jude Law, which is interesting given that two British actors would go on to play the role. His representative said [via ET]; “There have been openings on this subject. Jude has been a Spider-Man fanatic since he was a kid. Law held a position as prestigious as DiCaprio at the turn of the century – working with Anthony Minghella, Sam Mendes and Steven Spielberg. So again, a superhero movie doesn’t seem to fit that.
Also, Law turned 30 in 2002, thus pushing the age limit somewhat for playing a high schooler (not that that stopped Andrew Garfield). Garfield had worked with Robert Redford, Terry Gilliam and David Fincher before taking on the role of Spidey – so you never quite know who will go from award-winning to spandex.
With Holland having completed his MCU trilogy of Spider-Man films, the role is potentially up in the air once again. While we wait to find out the future of our favorite web crawler, check out our guide to Spider-Man actors, ranked.