March 23, 2017

“Spider-Man” snags Dennis Leary in its casting web


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The cast of Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot (this thing needs an official title, soon) continues to fill out with excellent choices. Sony isn’t going for stunt casting, grabbing name-brand celebs to gussy up the marquee. I’m looking at you, Gov. Schwarzenegger as Mr. Freeze.

Instead, they are lucking into talented performers like Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone who happen to be on the rise but have the chops to back up their fame. Rhys Ifans sounds like he’ll be an intriguing, multi-faceted villain. Having Martin Sheen and Sally Field (once she’s confirmed) as Uncle Ben and Aunt May is inspired. And today, a comedian with dramatic flair joins the ranks.

Dennis Leary is in negotiations to join “Spider-Man” as police captain George Stacy, father of Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen (Stone). Sure, Leary is a comedian. But anyone who has watched him on FX’s “Rescue Me” knows he has far more range than most stand-ups. Of course, Leary will have to fill the massive shoes of comedian Jim Norton, whose line delivery in the first “Spider-Man” stole that show away from legitimate stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. Perhaps Norton can return for this reboot? Surely there is room for this talented thespian?

Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot is supposed to begin filming this December. It will be in theaters on July 3, 2012.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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