Spiderman Homecoming actor Tom Holland is not only for superhero role. He can also play a character that you would think not so superhero material.
Holland appeared in A Monster Calls and played a surprising stand-in role: a scary tree creature. Credits at the end of A Monster Calls movie gave Holland a special shout-out in the “Thanks To” section. The movie made its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival recently.
Director Juan Antonio Bayona told The Hollywood Reporter that Holland played an offscreen stand-in for the monster. A stand-in for film and television is a person who replaces the actor before actual filming. The stand-in is usually employed for technical purposes such as lighting and camera setup.
So why Holland accepted stand-in role? The young actor and Bayona are actually friends. They worked together in 2012’s The Impossible.
A Monster Calls is about a boy named Conor. He seeks the help of a creepy tree creature to cope with his mom’s terminal illness and bullying of his schoolmates. Young actor Lewis MacDougal, who plays Conor, said of Holland’s presence during the filming gave him something to look at when he is talking to the monster.
Veteran actor Liam Neeson voices the creature, Entertainment Weekly wrote. The film also stars Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver and Toby Kebbell.
A Monster Calls will premiere in the US December 23, 2016.
Watch Tom Holland in A Monster Calls trailer below
Meanwhile, Spiderman Homecoming is currently filming Atlanta, Georgia.
Director Jon Watts earlier shared on Instagram some behind-the-scenes video and photos of Tom Holland in the Spiderman suit while he breakdances to Doin It Right by Daft Punk.
Spiderman will be facing several villains in the forthcoming Marvel movie. Former Batman star Michael Keaton will also appear in the movie as the main villain Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. Vulture. Michael Chernus will be portraying the Terrible Tinkerer. It has been rumored that Bokeem Woodbine will be playing Herman Schultz, a.k.a. Shocker.