News that Tom Holland is being cast as the legendary actor, dancer and singer Fred Astaire in a new biopic for Sony has been met with mixed reactions on social media.
In a recent profile for GQ, Sony producer Amy Pascal teased that she wanted Holland for the part of Astaire in the forthcoming movie, as well as another trilogy of Spider-Man films.
However, some have expressed skepticism about the project, with many social media users highlighting the late Astaire’s wish that he never be the subject of a biopic. Others cast doubt over Holland’s suitability for the role. For those who don’t know about Holland’s background as a performer, he began his acting career on the London stage, playing the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical on the West End from 2008 to 2010. In 2017, Holland performed a mashup of Gene Kelly’s “Singin’ in the Rain” and Rihanna’s “Umbrella” on Lip Sync Battle, which shows off his undeniable dance skills.
Tom Holland has been cast to play Fred Astaire in a new biopic of the legendary dancer. Yeah, I can see that working. pic.twitter.com/9VNQ7rWTww— The Sting (@TSting18) December 6, 2021