After casting Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, and hiring Marc Webb to direct the whole shebang, Sony Pictures has offered the villain role in the next “Spider-Man” film to Brit Rhys Ifans.
There is no word what bad guy it will be, though Ifans is creepy enough that he could be a good Green Goblin. Others have speculated that Spidey will battle Venom again this time around. Feel free to cast about the wildest, most ridiculous fan-boy wet-dream villain scenarios you can imagine until something concrete is announced, I certainly will.
Here is the unnecessarily long press release.
CULVER CITY, Calif., October 11, 2010 – Rhys Ifans will play the villain, opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, in the next installment of “Spider-Man” from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”
The filmmakers prefer to not reveal which character Ifans will be playing in the forthcoming film.
Webb added, “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.”
“Spider-Man” is being overseen at the studio by Tolmach and Rachel O’Connor. Ifans is represented by United Talent Agency, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Independent Talent Group.
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.