From Spider-Man to Virgin Man… Andrew Garfield plays Richard Branson in a £25million series about the life of the tycoon
- Garfield, 38, will star as a billionaire businessman on the six-part show Hot Air
- The series is based on the book “Dirty Tricks” by investigative reporter Martyn Gregory
- It was about how Branson 184 launched Virgin Atlantic with just one plane
Oscar nominee Garfield, 38, was born in New York California but raised in Epsom, Surrey, will star as a billionaire businessman in the six-part show Hot Air, produced by Universal Studios.
Based on the book “Dirty Tricks” by investigative reporter Martyn Gregory, the series tells the story of how Branson started Virgin Atlantic on a leased plane in 1984.
Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield (pictured) is set to portray Sir Richard Branson in a new £25million series about the life of the Virgin tycoon
By 1990, as Virgin Atlantic grew, British Airways reportedly launched a dirty trick campaign that led Branson to sue his rivals, a case settled before going to court. The billionaire received £3.5million from BA after it was revealed some BA employees had allegedly posed as Virgin employees to try to lure passengers away.
Branson sold a 49 per cent stake in his airline to Singapore Airlines in 1999 for £600m.
Garfield was nominated for an Oscar for last year’s film Tick, Tick. . . Boom!. He is best known for playing the superhero in three blockbusters, including last year’s Spider-Man: No Way Home.
He recently announced he was taking time off from acting to focus on his personal life, saying he needed to “recalibrate” his life.
Oscar-nominated Garfield, 38, who was born in California but grew up in Epsom, Surrey, will star as billionaire businessman Branson (pictured) in the six-part show Hot Air, which is being produced by Universal Studios
“I’m really happy and excited to be very calm and still and to take some time to just be,” he said.
“It feels really important right now, especially after a lot of accomplishment, a lot of being out in the world and a lot of energy doing things that I’m very passionate about, but I kind of have to refill the well. ‘
He hasn’t ruled out playing Spider-Man again, a role that has reportedly helped push his fortune to £22million.