Last week we learned that Emma Stone would play Andrew Garfield’s love interest in Sony’s Spider-Man reboot and now it’s time to announce his nemesis! Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures revealed today that British actor Rhys Ifans has been cast as the villain in Spider-Man.
The studio has decided against revealing the role Ifans will play, which for lack of a better word sucks! Instead of giving us the dirt on his character they just spoke about how fortunate they are to have him on board with the film.
Director Marc Webb stated, “What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”
But which villain?! What character?! Thus far there have been plenty of speculation about who will appear in the film including Vulture, Venom, and the long overdue Lizard. Ifans has a slender, slithering frame doesn’t he? He’s tall and lanky. Just pin a tale on him and call it a day!
If you don’t know much about the actor, here’s a bit of his background via the press release:
RHYS IFANS’ breakout performance came in 1999 in Roger Michell’s Notting Hill, opposite Julia Roberts and Hugh Grant, for which he received a BAFTA Film Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role. Prior to that, Ifans starred in Heart, Twin Town, August, and Dancing at Lughnasa, and since then, he has appeared in more than 20 films, including Vanity Fair; Rancid Aluminium, Little Nicky; The Replacements; Hannibal Rising, Enduring Love; Human Nature; Formula 51; Hotel; The Shipping News; Once Upon A Time in the Midlands, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirate Radio; Greenberg; and Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang. He will next appear in Mr. Nice, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Passion Play, and Columbia Pictures’ Anonymous, for director Roland Emmerich.
On television, he played the role of Peter Cook in Terry Johnson’s “Not Only But Always,” for which he won the BAFTA TV Award for Best Actor. He also appeared in “A Number.” In the theatre, Ifans has appeared in “Accidental Death of an Anarchist,” “Bad Finger,” “Volpone,” “Under Milk Wood,” “Beautiful Thing,” “Thyesters,” and, most recently, Patrick Marber’s adaptation of “Don Juan in Soho” at the Donmar Warehouse.
What do you think of Rhys Ifans playing the bad guy? Who do you think he will play?