Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic

Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic


12/6/2021 2:15:00 AM

Tom Holland Confirms Role as Fred Astaire in Upcoming Sony Biopic

“Spider-Man” star Tom Holland is swapping his web-shooters for dancing shoes. The 25-year-old officially confirmed on Sunday that he’ll portray legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in an…

of “Spider-Man films.”But during an interview with AP, at an event promoting the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home,” Holland confirmed that he’ll step into the entertainer’s dance shoes.“The script came in a week ago,” Hollandtold reporters. “I haven’t read it yet; they haven’t given it to me.”

Pascal has received the script though, Holland noted, sharing that the producer shared the news with him in a somewhat unconventional locale.“She facetimed me earlier. I was in the bath,” he said with a laugh. “And we had a lovely facetime, but I will be playing Fred Astaire.”

News that Holland will take on the persona of the iconic song and dance man comes as little surprise, given his own background as a performer. Holland began his acting career on the London stage, playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical on the West End from 2008 to 2010.

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Then there’s the now-viral clip of Holland performing on “Lip Sync Battle” in 2017, where he sang and danced to a mashup of “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella.” Sure, that number was Gene Kelly’s showcase in the 1952 musical, but it certainly got the point across that Holland’s dance skills were undeniable.

Touted as the one of the greatest popular music dancers of all time, Astaire starred in more than 30 film musicals, in addition to his stage career on Broadway and the West End over the course of a seven-decade career. Astaire is usually remembered for his pairings with Ginger Rogers, who starred in several films with him, including the classics “Swing Time,” “The Gay Divorcee” and “Top Hat.”

The Holland-starring movie is not the only Fred Astaire project in the works at the moment. Jamie Bell (who coincidentally originated the role of Billy Elliot in the Oscar-nominated 2000 movie)will play Astaireopposite Margaret Qualley’s Ginger Rogers in an upcoming movie from Amazon Studios and Automatik. Bell and Qualley will also produce the biopic, which traces the dance duo’s partnership, starting with “Flying Down to Rio” in 1933 and ending with “The Barkleys of Broadway” in 1949.

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Until it’s time to suit up as Astaire, Holland is focused on his latest outing as Peter Parker in Sony and Marvel’s “No Way Home,” his seventh outing as the web-slinging superhero.“No Way Home” debuts in theaters on Dec. 17.

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So disgusting Fred never wanted a biopic. Guess just prostituting and ruining Freds image forever bettyredondo Has anyone explained to him that he will have to shave most of his hair off and put on a toupee? Neil Patrick Harris would have been a better choice Fred Astaire never wanted a biopic of his life made. He even stated it in his damn will. It's disappointing to see Hollywood not only do this but to also cast someone so incorrect and not only that, it's disappointing to see Tom sign up for it and break that request

He’s 25?! Yessssss!!!!!! TomHWorld Perfect casting 🙌🙌 I can see it. Will they include the blackface moment? Sony needs to stop

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katblanlenship Didn't Fred Astire say he didn't want any one making movies about him? He definitely has the ears for it..🤷🏽‍♂️ Cue the people complaining about this who have no idea he’s a trained singer and dancer since he was a kid. He starred in the London stage performance of “ Billy Elliot”. He’ll be amazing.

And who’s Gene Kelly But always wanted to be Fred Astaire. Uh, about that. Fred Astaire specifically said he never wanted a biopic of himself made. I mean it's literally IN HIS WILL. Someone may have found a way around that from a legal standpoint, but from a human decency standpoint that simple fact can't be gotten around.

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Wow this is huge for him! CAN THE BOY DANCE? I guess Joseph Gordon Levitt was busy. This is brilliant! And Tom can shake a tail feather. Need proof? Google his lipsyncbattle doing Singin’ in the Rain/Umbrella. ShutItDown Let's have RealChalamet as Gene Kelly, while we're at it. (I don't know if that's a good choice)

Incredible casting Oh... Desperate to get an Oscar already The lifts in those shoes. All Spidermen must also sing and dance.

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Castastrophe No substitute for Astair. That’s sacrilege I think he’s a great choice to play Fred Astaire, but with Jamie Bell (also excellent) playing him in another film, how do these competing projects keep happening? Does Hollywood get a buzz about possible biopics and multiple studios run with it?

Zendaya and Tom Holland adorably act out how they handled their 'Spider-Man' height differenceTom, a big screen Marvel superhero, gushed that 'it's so nice to be caught for a change.'

Zendaya and Tom Holland Get Adorable Talking About Their Height DifferenceIt's actually interfered with stunts. It becomes awkward if you make it. 🤷🏾‍♀️ Own it! 🤎 Doesn't matter how short or tall a person is.If they are good to you,all that matters.

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