Sony Pictures is reportedly considering Christoph Waltz as the villain for their upcoming Spider-Man reboot. You may remember that Michael Fassbender (Jonah Hex) was also under consideration for the part, but he decided to go play Magneto in X-Men: First Class instead. Production Weekly‘s report about Waltz confirms a rumor heard by The Playlist earlier this week. They say that this corroboration also lends credence to the same rumor that said the film’s villain is The Lizard.
Hit the jump for why it’s important to place emphasis on the word “interested” and why Waltz may not want the role anyway.
Of course, “interested” doesn’t really mean anything other than Waltz’ name is on a list. And who wouldn’t want an Oscar-winner who played one of the most iconic villains in recent film history to portray the baddie in their unnecessary relaunch of the Spider-Man franchise? Of course, Waltz may not want to be typecast as he’s already playing bad guys in The Green Hornet, Francis Lawrence’s Water for Elephants, and Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers. But with filming scheduled for December, we should know who’s-who in the near future. Right now, the only confirmed role in the movie is Andrew Garfield (Never Let Me Go) as Spidey. Marc Webb’s untitled Spider-Man movie is due out on July 3, 2012.