Not likely, says a highly placed studio source. Instead, the source tells EW, Leonardo DiCaprio, Freddie Prinze Jr. (''Down to You''), and Jude Law (''The Talented Mr. Ripley'') have all expressed interest and are all contenders. Responds DiCaprio rep Ken Sunshine, ''He's obviously approached all the time about great-sounding ideas, but he's gotta see the script.'' Prinze's publicists couldn't be reached for comment. As for Law, his rep says: ''There have been some overtures about it. Jude has been a 'Spider-Man' fanatic since he was a kid.''
He's not the only one: Raimi's devotion to the Marvel man may have helped him land the gig over ''Fight Club'' director David Fincher. Raimi ''had everything we were looking for,'' says Columbia head Amy Pascal. ''He was incredibly stylish, he had tons of heart, and he's a total 'Spider-Man' geek.'' ''Geek'' may be the operative word in casting, since the screenplay by David Koepp (''Jurassic Park'') is faithful to the original comic, which portrays Spidey alter ego Peter Parker as a shy high school student. ''Peter Parker as I had conceived him was an average young man,'' says Stan Lee, who created ''Spider-Man'' and will exec-produce the film. ''He wasn't Tom Cruise.'' Guess that shortens the casting call.