Martin Sheen joins “Spider-Man,” and Sally Field might be next
By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Some “Spider-Man” casting news is hitting the Interwebs this evening as Marc Webb rounds out his big-budget reboot.
Since we know the plot, conceived by James Vanderbilt, will focus on Peter Parker and his masked hero during his high school years, Webb and his already cast lead, Andrew Garfield, is going to need an Uncle Ben. And Variety reports Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Peter’s doomed relative.
But who will play the legendary Aunt May? Hours after announcing Sheen’s interest, the trade says Sally Field has been “offered” the role and is considering joining the production ahead of its December start.
What else do we know about Spidey? Well, Rhys Ifans is on board as The Lizard. And Emma Stone of “Easy A” will play Spidey’s love interest, Gwen Stacey. I think Sheen’s an excellent choice for Uncle Ben, though I wonder if he’ll survive long enough to appear in a few installments now that they’re not doing the traditional origin story that Raimi adapted in his first “Spider-Man.”
As for Field, I’m unsure. In a way, I wish Webb would just invite Rosemary Harris to return, as she nailed to role in Raimi’s films. She and J.K. Simmons would be the only actors I’d hold over from Raimi’s universe. Sadly, it ain’t happening.
“Spider-Man” will be in theaters in 2012.
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