5:43am PT by Erin Carlson
Andrew Garfield Hopes to Star in 'Spider-Man' Sequel
The Amazing Spider-Man has yet to open in theaters -- it's July 3, if you're counting -- but Sony is already planning a sequel.
Andrew Garfield, who portrays Peter Parker in Marc Webb's reboot of the superhero film franchise, tells THR, "If we do one, I hope I can do it -- I hope they'd let me do it. I hope so."
The 28-year-old actor was in New York Tuesday night to give a presentation for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation, a charity in which he's been involved for two years whose mission is to provide aid to orphans around the world.
His girlfriend and Spider-Man co-star, Emma Stone, mingled with attendees and posed for photos at the Royalton Hotel in midtown Manhattan; the movie's Hollywood premiere is on Thursday, and Garfield and Stone will walk the red carpet with co-stars Sally Field, Denis Leary, Rhys Ifans and Martin Sheen, among others.
In April, THR reported that Sony had tapped Star Trek and Transformers writing team Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to work the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with a release date set for May 2, 2014.
As for plans for a Spidey sequel, "I think we want to get this one out," Garfield says. "They already have a release date for the second one. But no script! So we have our priorities in order."
Spider-Man has a screenplay written by Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves and James Vanderbilt, who had already written a draft of the sequel but was working on White House Down, an action movie starring Magic Mike's Channing Tatum that's been a high priority for the studio.
Garfield, meanwhile, is preparing to enter potential blockbuster territory with his first major leading-man role in a summer tentpole film. The British actor was first introduced to U.S. audiences as Eduardo Saverin in 2010's The Social Network and has since co-starred opposite Philip Seymour Hoffman in Mike Nichols' acclaimed revival of Death of a Salesman, for which he received a Tony Award nomination this year for best featured actor in a play.
"That suit has always been a symbol of something for me," Garfield says of Spider-Man's famous skintight, saving-the-world costume. "Whenever I think about that suit, it makes me feel protected and warm and safe, like I'm free. It's always been that way since I was three years old. And that relates to the 'orphan feeling' of feeling unprotected and unsafe. So putting on the suit, having any affiliation with the suit, is an honor. Because it's such a symbol of wonderful hope and goodness."