Tom Holland has garnered a huge fanbase and critical acclaim for his wide-eyed, quipping performance as the iconic superhero Peter Parker in the MCU's Spider-Man franchise. And the actor just revealed that he has his eye on another famous movie role: Marty McFly, the teenage time traveler played by Michael J. Fox in the beloved sci-fi comedy Back to the Future and its sequels.
According to Holland, there have even been talks with Hollywood about the possibility of rebooting or reviving the series with him in a lead role. He spoke about the prospect in a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, after a deepfake video went viral in which his face is superimposed over Fox's in a scene from the 1985 movie, and Robert Downey Jr. (who played his mentor in the MCU) takes the place of Christopher Lloyd as Emmett "Doc" Brown.
"I'd be lying if I said there hadn’t been conversations in the past about doing some sort of remake," Holland said, "but that film is the most perfect film, or one of the most perfect films, one that could never be made better."
Robert Zemeckis, who directed the movie, has already made his thoughts on potential reboots clear. "Oh, God no," he said in a 2015 interview. "That can't happen until both Bob [Gale] and I are dead. And then I'm sure they'll do it, unless there's a way our estates can stop it."
While Holland hints that he may have been courted to step into Marty McFly's shoes, he seems to echo Zemeckis' sentiments that the movie's legacy should remain untouched — except, perhaps, for the occasional tribute.
He expressed that it might be fun to recreate the brief deepfake scene with his pal, saying: "If [Downey Jr.] and I could just shoot that one scene that they remade for fun – he could pay for it cause he’s got loads of money – I would do it for my fee and we could remake that scene. I think we owe it to deep fake because they did such a good job... I think I’m gonna speak to Robert and see if we can try to recreate something for deep fake."
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