Jim Sturgess Being Hunted To Play Lead In Spiderman: The Musical

JomsturgWell I certainly never thought I would see Spiderman in musical format, but Julie Taymor has decided to make it so. We get the story from Jo Blo via The Daily Mail:

The Daily Mail recently caught up with Julie Taymor (director of ACROSS THE UNIVERSE), who spoke of her her ideal cast, for the SPIDERMAN musical that she’s trying to make.

And apparently it’s the same lead pairing that she just finished working with on ACROSS THE UNIVERSE: Jim Sturgess and Evan Rachel Wood. “There, I’ve said it. Now I have to go through a web to get them… Jim’s certainly interested, but his film career has taken off, so I have to nab him between movies. Same with Evan. They’d be my ideal pairing, though, if they’re free.”

In the interview Taymor goes on to describe the Spiderman musical as part rock and roll, part play and part circus. This sounds like a Meatloaf concert, and if that is the case – I am all for it. I will admit that at first glance this does seem strange. You are taking a hero of fan/geek culture and putting him on the stage to sing and dance for a whole different demographic.

But perhaps it is not odd at all, every tea sipping sipping theatre goer was at one time a child, children love Spiderman, people grow up – but the love never fades. Comic book heroes are mythical cultural icons and it makes sense that different forms of art will interpret our shared heroes using their own unique voice. Spiderman is bigger than Zeus.

This would be a dream cast for Sturgess, you get to be Spiderman live on stage every day. That is a tough job to beat if you love to act.

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12 thoughts on “Jim Sturgess Being Hunted To Play Lead In Spiderman: The Musical

  1. (Type your comment here. Make sure you’ve read the commenting rules before doing so) WOW how old are most of u people! I’m 65. You sound so jaded. I grew up with the Beatles and if you really listen to the music in “Across the Universe” and then listen to the Beatles version, the Beatles version sounds empty and I still love them, but music is music. I believe Julie Taymor will be brilliant as always with this play…

  2. I personally think Across the Universe was….BRILLIANT!
    It was such an amazing film, to go through the music and create different versions and adding in actors/actress’s that nodoby really know, was quite a risk, but let me tell you Julie Taymor has pulled it off.
    Shes amazing.
    And even though I live in Chicago, i honestly will be attending the Spiderman show if it has Jim & Evan as the leading roles.

  3. don’t forget that there was a superman musical. i’ve never seen it, but i’ve heard some of the songs.

    i think those two would make for a great peter parker and mary jane, musical or not.

  4. “This sounds like a joke. What’s next? “Law and Order: The Musical” or “Dr. Strangelove or how I learned to stop worrying and love the bomb: the musical””

    Dr. Strangelove: The Musical. Actually that sounds pretty cool.

  5. @Nagy

    The thing that I hated about it was that the whole movie was just an excuse for people to belt out convenient Beatles songs. Good musicals use the songs to enhance the story. This thing was just a TON of singing with a paper-thin plot. The movie had 33 damn songs in it. With all that singing, there is no time for an actual story to be told. A couple of the numbers are cool, but most of it is crap. I was dying to get the holy hell outta there.

  6. I’m sorry, but am I the only one that thinks this idea is beyond ludicrous?
    Spiderman The Musical?
    Why not Transfomers: The Musical while where at it? Who would watch this.
    On the other hand, in a world after CATS, who knows what’s right or wrong anymore?

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