The “Community” thesp/comedian has recently taken to his Twitter account in a bid to become Sony’s next Peter Parker; a topic that’s currently trending at #3 on Twitter pages in New York, L.A. and San Francisco.
“I don’t want to just be given the role,” Glover tweeted yesterday. “I want to be able to audition. I truly love Spider-Man.”
Sony, meanwhile, remains tight-lipped about casting.
It all started last week when Marc Bernardin of io9 wrote a blog post titled “The Last Thing Spider-Man Should Be is Another White Guy.” Glover then linked to the article from his Twitter account on Friday and shortly after, fans retweeted it (and retweeted it). Since then, Glover has also blogged about becoming Spider-Man on his website,IamDonaldGlover.com, and is even planning a ‘Twitter assault’ tonight at 6:30 PST, asking fans to retweet the popular hashtag, #donald4spiderman.
Yet while the Twitter-verse may want nothing more than to crown the next Spidey, the chance of Glover actually landing the role of Peter Parker is very unlikely, according to insiders close to the project.
Still, Glover seems to be doing himself (and Sony) a favor by stirring the pot. Not only is the story introducing thousands of people to the relatively unknown comic, the actor’s sitcom on NBC (“Community”) is also produced by Sony Pictures Television, meaning, yes, more publicity. Which also means…ah, yes…now you’re getting somewhere.