I have never seen this yahoo either but that is fine, I prefer someone I dont associate with another roll. Plus since he is not a "big name" maybe they will not feel the need to have his mask off or very ripped during all the final scenes. I do think they could have picked someone who looks a little younger if they are going for high school.
As for the remake...Sounds kinda like when they rebooted Batman with Begins. That turned out well for most people.