C. Thomas Howell Is Joining The Cast Of Spider-Man

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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.

Author: Brent McKnight

Brent McKnight lives in Seattle with his dogs. He likes beards, movies where things explode, and overcast skies. His three favorite movies are "Rubin and Ed", "A Bittersweet Life", and "Out for Justice". He wishes his knees didn't hurt. On Twitter @BrentMMcKnight
  • Juggernaut

    Now that you mention it I could see Howell as J.J. Jameson! If not him maybe electro or Mysterio.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      He doesn’t seen gruff enough for JJJ. But He’d be perfect for a Quentin Beck/Mysterio. Maybe he’ll play the wrestling promoter, though as The Lizard is the main baddie here.

      • Brent

        I could totally see him playing a sleazy wrestling promoter. Maybe even the guy who kills uncle Ben.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Thought bout that too, but dont know if they wanna waste Howell on throw away parts. We’ll see.

          • Juggernaut

            I’m not totally sure but I think that they are going to focus more on the death of Peter’s parents in the film. I don’t think that Uncle Bemn is going to be offed until the sequel. I could be wrong.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            Juggy I’m surprised at you. Can’t have a SPider-man film without the death of Uncle Ben. Just can’t. It’s like having Batman without the Waynes death. it wouldn’t work as they are the catalysts to them becoming heroes. It wasn’t Peter’s paents that taught him the all important “With great power comes great responsiblity” it was Ben. They may make a bigger deal of his parents dying but Uncle Ben is definitely gonna go in the first film.

  • Juggernaut

    @Dedpool- You may be right but then why have his parents in this one at all? Couldn’t a mention of them be enough to drive the plot along. Uncle Ben is where he gets his life changing lesson, so why incorporate the parents at all. Possibly to set up their return? I don’t really get what they’re doing with this movie. It was a clean slate. A time to re-introduce these characters correctly. Marc Webb could have started new with the original cnnon and had Peter grow from high school, reluctant, unsure hero to Spider-Man! Instead it looks like we’re going to get yet another reimagining. It is a shame Both this and X-Men:First Class had potential to get back on track and it looks like more of the same confusion.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      His parents havent been in any media that i can remember except the comics. So we’ll probably get a quick scene of the whole Parker family before they’re killed off. Or maybe just a flashback when a young Peter first gets taken in. Who knows. I’m not seeing too much reimagining here. We’re getting classic characters that didnt get their just do in the Stacys, a HS era Spiderman and the Lizard. This could end up either way but he better be quipping or I give up.

      • Juggernaut

        I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. I really have had no expectation from this movie. The casting is very good so far and I like Webb as a director. Hopefully that will turn into a good movie. Atleast it can’t be any worse than Spider-Man 3.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      His parents havent been in any media that i can remember except the comics. So we’ll probably get a quick scene of the whole Parker family before they’re killed off. Or maybe just a flashback when a young Peter first gets taken in. Who knows. I’m not seeing too much reimagining here. We’re getting classic characters that didnt get their just do in the Stacys, a HS era Spiderman and the Lizard. This could end up either way but he better be quipping or I give up.