TOM HOLLAND: SPINNING A NEW WEB
By Kirsten Howard
Tom Holland was always destined for stardom, but a big career beyond Spider-Man beckons.
Tom Holland was very much a gifted child when he was growing up in the United Kingdom.
He trained as a dancer from an early age, and said he was sometimes bullied because of his passion for dance.
However, it was dancing that got him noticed by an associate of Peter Darling, the choreographer of Billy Elliot the Musical.
A young Holland would go on to snag the title role in Billy Elliot, and he began performing in the musical in London’s West End at the tender age of 12.
In 2012, Holland landed his first movie part in The Impossible, proving he was adept at mixing both action and drama.
But three years later, he suddenly shot to stardom when he was cast as the new Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
He has reprised the role of Peter Parker four times since, with another Spider-Man movie currently in production.
Holland also managed to break the internet when he performed a dance number to Rihanna's "Umbrella" on Lip Sync Battle.
The clip is still widely shared on social media as an iconic pop culture moment from the last five years.
Not resting on his laurels, Holland capitalized on being an in-demand actor by choosing two huge action movies and two serious dramas.
The Devil All The Time
In Cherry and The Devil All the Time, Holland embraced grittier characters that would help audiences realize that he had a bigger web to spin outside of the Spider-Man universe.
Next, we’ll see Holland as a young Nathan Drake in Sony’s big budget video game adaptation, Uncharted.
The future is bright for this rising star.