Paul Giamatti in Talks to Play Rhino in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Felicity Jones May Join Film

     January 28, 2013


If this didn’t come from The Hollywood Reporter, I would assume it was a joke.  Paul Giamatti is reportedly in talks to play the Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  For those unfamiliar with comics or the English language, Rhino is a hulking character who rams into stuff.  I’m dubious about the quality of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but if Giamatti has to bulk up to play the role, the sequel will be worth it.  I can’t even wrap my mind around a muscular Giamatti.  Of course, just because Rhino is a physically imposing character in the comics, it doesn’t mean the movie will go the same way.  Rhino is the second villain on board following Electro, who will be played by Jamie Foxx.

Hit the jump for more including Giamatti talking with Conan O’Brien (who referenced our interview with the actor from 2011) about wanting to play Rhino plus news about Felicity Jones joining the cast.  The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, and Shailene WoodleyThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 is due out on May 2, 2014.  Filming is set to begin in February.

Per THR:

The Rhino first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 in 1966 as a thug from a Soviet Block country who wore a superhuman suit that made him invulnerable while giving him super-strength and super-speed. It also had a deadly horn on top.

In more recent comics, he became a sympathetic figure who found himself allying with Spider-Man.

Please, please, please stay true to the early comics, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  A buff Paul Giamatti with a Russian accent would be more entertaining than half of the first movie.  Sadly, that doesn’t fit with the “realistic” world the new Spider-Man movies are going for (because Lizard Gas is deadly serious), so maybe Giamatti will just be playing some guy named John Rhino.

However, this is where it gets really strange.‘s Matt Patches found an interview on Conan from March 2011 where Giamatti talked about wanting to play Rhino:

In other Spidey news, Felicity Jones (who recently starred in Breathe In, which premiered at Sundance, and you can read Adam’s positive review here) is in talks to join the film in an unspecified role.  The first person to say, “Black Cat!” gets smacked in the face.

Click here for all of our coverage of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.


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  • burlivesleftnut

    The fuck you guys… it would just be his face in a CGI suit or something. Did you expect Mark Ruffalo to bulk up to hulk size?

  • Adrian

    No, Matt. Not Black Cat. I would guess Betty Brant.

  • Zac

    the most recent interpretation of rhino i know of was ultimate spiderman and he was just like a tiny, chubby guy in like a super suit he built so there’s that way they could go with it

    • Anonymous

      That’s just what I was thinking too and for that, Giamatti would be awesome. Either way, Rhino definitely needs to be CGI. He could be awesome. I want Kraven in ASM 3.

    • wes

      I’m hoping Giamatti is being cast as J. Jonah Jameson. I think the Jamie Foxx being cast as Electro was WAY to telegraphed so this is a way of hiding there motives. Also it’s a great reference to the Conan episode where Giamatti professes his love for Rhino.

      That said I also think Webb is trying to build up to the Sinister Six and to start having two villains is really the only way to do it.

  • Andrew

    Felica Hardy? Smack? Who else is she going to be?

  • Ivan

    she’s obviously betty brant. but i think she would be a better mj than woodley

  • Tyler

    You know what, Matt, maybe people in the comments wouldn’t hate you so much if you stopped being a nitpicking prick about everything. It gets really old really fast.

    • Josh Kaye

      …You must be knew. It’s already old, and it’s been old for a long while now.

      • Josh Kaye


  • Phantom

    That would be If they would put Kraven in ASM 3!!! I think Scott Adkins would be perfect to play Kraven he was great in Undisputed movies.

  • Alan B

    “Please, please, please stay true to the early comics, The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Considering that Goldberg previously said he doesn’t read comics, then his suggestion that a film stay true to something he doesn’t know about is a little strange.

  • Harry

    Calm down on Matt Goldberg guys, he’s entitled to his opinion and no this is not him. I enjoy collider, and Goldberg is the only one who speaks his mind to an honest tee, and to be honest his nitpicking is not illogical. When I heard Giamatti as Rhino I literally laughed thinking of how bad of a choice that is. Giamatti has been a bit of a joke as of late, and this decision proves Sony’s rebooted Spider-Man is just continuing to be a joke. Not once in the first two films did Spidey slam dunk a ball and break the backboard like Jim Carrey in 1996′s The Cable Guy. Too many whiny and cheesy moments plagued the reboot, and with Jamie “over-the-top” Foxx as Electro (It worked for Django because it was an awesomely over the top film, which isn’t always a bad thing) and Giamatti who honestly is almost a laughingstock at this point, can we just admit a Spider-Man 4 should have been given a chance? Amazing was equal to 3.

    • REALLY?

      So obviously you haven’t seen Win Win, Barney’s Version or the Ides of March? Cause if you had you wouldn’t say Giamatti is a laughingstock.

      Granted he’s made some bad roll decisions in the past but honestly…. its Spiderman? Not exactly a sweeping epic that requires a Daniel Day-Lewis type.

      • Harry

        See that’s where you’re wrong, Spider-Man 2 was a sweeping epic. I want the series to go back to that.

        Giamatti: Cosmopolis, Rock of Ages, Hangover Part II, Lady in the Water, Big Fat Liar. There’s plenty of people who can’t take him seriously.

      • Alan B

        “Spider-Man 2 was a sweeping epic.” Wow, you don’t even understand the things that you like. The second Spider-Man film is more of a chamber piece than anything else, with many, many scenes of just two people talking (or Peter on his own). There are many special effects sequences, but the film worked because of its intimate and reflective examination of Peter Parker and his core relationships. ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ is a sweeping epic, ‘Spider-Man 2′ isn’t and the fact that you don’t know what an epic is speaks volumes about your cinematic knowledge.

  • Load

    It can be Mary Jane….

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  • Strong Enough

    The first person to say, “Black Cat!” gets smacked in the face.

    ^ lmaooo

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