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It looks like Ponyboy Curtis himself, C. Thomas Howell, is joining the cast of Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” reboot. He updated his Facebook page with the news that he will join the cast, including Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen, and others, in Los Angeles on January 25th, where filming is already underway. As of this moment there is no word on what role Howell will play.
While Howell’s “The Outsiders”/“Red Dawn”/“The Hitcher” heyday may have passed, he has certainly kept himself busy. He recently had a guest spot on an episode of USA Network’s “Psych”, and has even become a bit of a director. He’s taken the helm of low-budget sci-fi films like “The Day the Earth Stopped” (not to be confused with “The Day the Earth Stood Still”, those were two different days), and “War of the Worlds 2: The Next Wave” (which is not a sequel to the Steven Spielberg version, but of a competing film, also based on the H.G. Wells novel, that was actually released the day before the Tom Cruise vehicle).
Now we can all begin speculating about the nature of Howell’s part. As far as I know, J. Jonah Jameson hasn’t been cast. Think Soul Man has the stones to play the publisher of the Bugle? Noticing how grizzled Howell has grown over the years (he hasn’t aged nearly as well as Ralph Macchio), I could see him playing some sort of grimy, desperate criminal. Regardless of the nature of his role, he’ll do well to remember the sage advice once given to him by a little man I like to call Powers Boothe, though it may keep him warm, all that hate will indeed burn him up.