Nothing like using the patriotic holiday of the Fourth of July to re-introduce the U.S. to a beloved New York Commie liberal. Or THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, if you will: Big Apple native and irradiated-arachnid-bit crime fighter. Sony has decided to punch the reboot button for what is actually the fourth installment of the franchise (but should we start counting from one again?). Gone is the post-college, working-joe Peter Parker; the revenge-obsessed Harry Osborne; and romantic shuttlecock Mary Jane. Here instead is Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), humble high-school student; big bad villain, the Lizard (Rhys Ifans), and alt love-interest Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Plus the wrinkle of a whole new conspiracy theory added to the tragic death of Parker’s parents and his eventual transformation into the cocky web-slinger.
Come join Cinefantastique Online’s Steve Biodrowski, Lawrence French, and Dan Persons as they determine whether going back to square one was worth the effort, how director Marc Webb’s approach to the legend varies from Sam Raimi’s, and whether there are limits to Chekov’s observations on introducing a gun in the first act. Then, Dan will give his takes on the indie horror comedy SOME GUY WHO KILLS PEOPLE, and the cult animated kids show, ADVENTURE TIME: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. Plus: What’s coming to theaters next week.
Here, in a pcture taken by J. Anthony Hall from his Twitter feed , is the first clear shot of Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN.
Note that Ifan’s hand is covered with green cloth, to aid in effects replacement.
Spider-Man fans will recall that the one-armed Curt Connors will become Spidey foe The Lizard.
Via the UK’s Daily Mail come these shots of Andrew Garfield with Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy) and Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben Parker) on the production’s New York City location shoot, taken by Jose Perez for Splash News.
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN actor C. Thomas Howell has apparently spilled the beans on the main villain for the Marvel Comics superhero movie.
Appearing on The Retroradio podcast, Howell seems to have confirmed that The Lizard (Curt Connors) will be that character, the unamed role for which Rhys Ifans (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS ) was cast.
C. Thomas Howell is quoted as saying:
“There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now.
I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker who’s son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won’t.
Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don’t know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way.”
According to The Wrap , the villain that Rhys Ifans will be playing in Sony/Columbia’s SPIDER-MAN reboot is Dr. Curt Connors — The Lizard.
Dylan Baker played Dr. Connors in SPIDER-MAN 2 and 3, as a sympathetic professor to Peter Parker, presumably before his experiments to regrow his missing arm.
In the original comics, Spider-Man discovers the Lizard in Florida when Peter Parker goes to investigate the case for The Daily Bugle. He uses Connors’ notes to affect an at least temporary cure for the condition, though he would sometime relapse back into his bipedal reptile form.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Welsh actor Rhys Ifans (HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS) will play the un-named villain, opposite Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), in the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot.
The annoumcement came from Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures.
Tolmach is quoted as saying the following:
“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 new movie, to be directed by Marc Webb from a script by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, is set to begin production in December, with a July 3rd, 2012 release in mind.