Rhys Ifans Cast as the Villain in Spider-Man Reboot
10.11.10 by Ryan
Casting for Marc Webb's upcoming reboot of Spider-Man is slowly being revealed. Emma Stone was recently cast as Peter Parker's love interest, Gwen Stacy. While that satisfied some fans' curiosity, the question remained: Who will Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) be fighting in the reboot? Today, Columbia (partially) answered that question by announcing that Welsh actor Rhys Ifans will play the villain in the upcoming movie.
Columbia Pictures president Matt Tolmach commented on the casting in the studio's official statement.
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.
And what "role" would that be among Spider-Man's long history of adversaries? Webb revealed that they would prefer not to say, but did provide a hint.
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.
Warmth and rage? We suggest reviewing our Top 10 Spider-Man Villain Candidates list to see who fits the bill (it's likely safe to leave out the Black Cat at this point), though it is worth noting that Philip Seymor Hoffman has been rumored for the role of Venom (played by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3). While Hoffman may not be the villain, Venom still may be.