Robert Pattinson is set to swing into action to replace Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man 4, according to a U.K. report.
Pattinson is reportedly the top choice with Columbia executivesto star in the film, after Maguire pulled out last week over a reported script issue.
Daily Variety claimed movie bosses are planning to make a prequel about spider-man's alter-ego, Peter Parker, as a teenager instead - and Pattinson is the hot favorite to land the role, reports Britain's Daily Mirror.
A source tells the publication, "The buzz in Hollywood is all about R-Patz as the hot, young thing being lined up to fill Tobey Maguire's shoes. It would be a hard act to follow as fans were traumatised at the news Tobey was going. His mild-mannered portrayal as Peter Parker and the transformation to spider-man kept millions of fans in the cinemas for the box-office smash.He also had great chemistry with Kirsten Dunst, who plays love interest Mary Jane".
But Pattinson faces tough competition - High School Musical star Zac Efron also has his eye on playing the web-slinger.
He says, "I don't know what the chances are to be honest. I assume they're pretty slim. It's a long-shot but if it came down to it, it'd be a dream come true. What young actor wouldn't?"