Tom Holland confirms he will play 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 will play legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in an upcoming Sony biopic.
In a recent profile for GQ, Oscar nominated producer Amy Pascal said she wanted Holland for the role of Astaire in the next film, as well as another trilogy of “Spider-Man movies”.
But during an interview with AP, at an event promoting the upcoming “Spider-Man: No Way Home”, Holland confirmed that he would put on the artist’s dancing shoes for the project, which in is still in its infancy.
“The script arrived a week ago”, Holland told reporters. âI haven’t read it yet; they didn’t give it to me.
Pascal did receive the script, however, Holland noted. âShe made me FaceTimed earlier. I was in the bath, âhe said with a laugh. “And we had a nice FaceTime, but I’ll be playing Fred Astaire.”
The news that Holland will adopt the character of the iconic man of song and dance comes as no 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.
Then there’s the now viral music video of Holland playing on âLip Sync Battleâ in 2017, where he sang and danced to a mashup of âSingin ‘in the Rainâ and âUmbrellaâ by Rihanna. Of course, this number was Gene Kelly’s showcase in the 1952 musical, but it certainly made it clear that Holland’s dance skills were undeniable.
Considered one of the greatest dancers in popular music of all time, Astaire has performed in over 30 musicals, in addition to his career on stage on Broadway and the West End over a career spanning seven decades. . Astaire is generally remembered for his partnerships with Ginger Rogers, who appeared in several films with him, including the classics “Swing Time”, “The Gay Divorcee” and “Top Hat”.
The film starring Holland isn’t the only Fred Astaire project in the works at the moment. Jamie Bell (who coincidentally created the role of Billy Elliot in the Oscar-nominated 2000 film) will play Astaire opposite Margaret Qualley’s Ginger Rogers in an upcoming Amazon Studios and Automatik film. Bell and Qualley would 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.
Until it’s time to dress up as Astaire, Holland focuses on his latest outing as Peter Parker in Sony and Marvel’s “No Way Home”, his seventh appearance as a web superhero. .
âNo Way Homeâ premieres in theaters on December 17th.