British actor Andrew Garfield has been revealed as the new Spider-Man.

Andrew, who won the BAFTA for Best Actor in 2008 for his performance in the Channel 4 drama Boy A, has been cast as the wall-crawling Marvel comic book hero.

The as-yet-untitled Spider-Man film begins shooting in December and is due in cinemas in 2012.

Marc Webb, who made the romance (500) Days Of Summer, is directing for Sony Pictures.

Andrew and Marc got the jobs after star Tobey Maguire and director Sam Raimi, who made three blockbuster Spider-Man films together, departed amid story and scheduling issues over a fourth movie.

“Though his name may be new to many, those who know this young actor’s work understand his extraordinary talents,” Marc said.

“He has a rare combination of intelligence, wit, and humanity. Mark my words, you will love Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.”

The actor, who was born in the US but raised in Britain, starred in last year’s Heath Ledger film The Imaginarium Of Doctor Parnassus.

Among Andrew’s other credits are director David Fincher’s upcoming The Social Network, about the founders of Facebook, and Keira Knightley and Carey Mulligan’s upcoming drama, Never Let Me Go.

The new film, which will be shot in 3-D, focuses on a younger Peter Parker, the Marvel Comics hero who gains superpowers after he’s bitten by a radioactive spider.