John Slattery and Sam Elliott in Consideration to Play J. Jonah Jameson in Upcoming SPIDER-MAN Reboot

     October 27, 2010

With big news regarding The Hobbit, the Avatar sequels, and Christopher Nolan’s now titled Batman film today, it’s only fair that there’s a bit of Spider-Man news as well.  Director Marc Webb is currently busy rounding out the cast for his 3D reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, set to start filming in December.  With Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) and Emma Stone (Easy A) set to play Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, and the recent news that Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) has been chosen for The Lizard, the producers are now turning towards casting Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief J. Jonah Jameson.  Among the names being considered for the part (previously played by J.K. Simmons in the Sam Raimi films) are John Slattery (Mad Men) and Sam Elliott (The Big Lebowski).

What’s Playing reports that a dozen or so actors are under consideration, being brought into the studio under the guise that they’re reading for an “Untitled Teen Action Adventure Movie”.  The 3D film is set to hit theaters July 30, 2012.  Hit the jump for a bit more, including what we know so far about the secretive project.

Personally, I think John Slattery would be a fine choice for Jameson.  He nails zinger after zinger on Mad Men and seems like he’d be ripe to tackle the stubborn and pompous head of the Daily Bugle.  Nevertheless, whoever takes the character on is going to have some major shoes to fill.  Simmons was damn near perfect in the previous three films, and it’s gonna be tough for the new actor to put his own stamp on the character with Simmons’ iteration so securely engrained in the fans’ minds.

Understandably, Sony’s being rather tight on information regarding the project, but that doesn’t mean we’re devoid of information.  We know that Mary Jane will not be the love interest for Peter Parker, and the story is rumored to be set around the high school or college years of the web-slinger’s life.  The budget is reported to be around $80 million and the James Vanderbilt (Zodiac)-scripted film will be shot in 3D with the help of James Cameron and Avatar producer Jon Landau.


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  • Ringbearer1420

    If Webb had half a brain he’d of simply got Simmons back. I mean would Webb of fired Bernard Lee as M? I mean when they rebooted Bond they retained Judi Dench. I love Sam Elliot, so I vote for him, but of all the multitude of men who be perfect J.J.J. once again they’ve assembled all the wrong choices.

  • Anonymous

    Ted Danson?

  • DM725

    J.K. Simmons should reprise, he was the most consistant thing in the 3 Spiderman movies!

  • Ryan

    I hate the idea of the SpiderMan reboot but might go if Elliott gets it

  • Arnold

    Luckily they reboot this, the previous two films were awful…

  • Arnold

    Luckily they reboot this, the previous two films were awful…

  • Elvin Cito

    It’s called a fucking reboot people, not a mix of old cast and new ones. I thin they should go with Sam Elliot. Damn! Still the villain in spider man reboot is not that wow. I mean, I will love to see the lizard… But around the 3th or 4th movie. The lizard dosent seem to be a good 1st villain. (hope they but another villain in the reboot. Maybe a cameo or something)

    • rm

      You’ve got a point, but then again who’d've thought that Warner Bros would have a winner on their hands with a reboot of Batman with featured villains being second/third-rate Scarecrow and largely unknown Ra’s al-Ghul.

  • webbster

    While JK Simmons (one of the best and most underrated actors who deserves his own franchise) was absolutely perfect, he cannot be in the reboot since it is going to be a separate universe. The only person I would want to see try to replace him is Hugh Laurie.