Tom Holland Confirms He Will Play Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic

“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland replaces web shooters with dancing shoes. The 25-year-old officially confirmed on Sunday that he will play legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in his upcoming Sony bio.

In a recent profile for GQ, Academy Award-nominated producer Amy Pascal quipped that she wants Holland to play the part of Astaire in the upcoming movie, as well as another trilogy of “Spider-Man films.”

But during an interview with The Associated Press, at an event promoting the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Holland confirmed he’d be wearing the artist’s dance shoes.

“The script came a week ago,” Holland reporters. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.”

A Sony representative later confirmed to diverse The project is in its early stages.

Holland noted that Pascal received the script, noting that the producer shared the news with him in a somewhat unorthodox way.

“You drew me earlier. I was in the bathroom,” he said with a laugh. “And we had a pretty face, but I’m going to play Fred Astaire.”

The news that Holland will take on the iconic song-and-dance man comes as little surprise, given his own background as an actor. Holland began his acting career on the London stage, starring in Billy Elliot’s West End musical from 2008 to 2010.

Then there’s the now viral Dutch video of “Lip Sync Battle” in 2017, in which he sang and danced to a mix of Rihanna’s “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Umbrella.” Sure, that number was the Jane Kelly show. in the 1952 musical, but he definitely got to the point that Holland’s dancing skills are undeniable.

Described as one of the greatest famous music dancers of all time, Astaire has starred in more than 30 musicals, as well as a career on Broadway and West End over the course of a seven-decade career. Astaire is usually remembered for his marriage to Ginger Rogers, with whom he starred in several films, including the classics “Swing Time”, “The Gay Divorcee” and “Top Hat”.

The Dutch starring movie isn’t Fred Astaire’s only project in progress at the moment. Jamie Bell (who coincidentally appeared as Billy Elliott in the 2000 Academy Award-nominated film) will play Astaire opposite Margaret Qualys Ginger Rogers in an upcoming film from Amazon Studios and Automatik. Bell and Qualley would also produce the biopic, which traces the dance duo’s partnership, beginning with “Flying Down to Rio” in 1933 and ending with “The Barkleys of Broadway” in 1949.

Until it’s time to dress up as Astaire, Holland is focusing on his latest run as Peter Parker at Sony and Marvel’s “No Way Home,” which is his seventh as a web superhero.

“No Way Home” premiered on December 17th.

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