While Spider-Man was already going to have to face down the Lizard in Marc Webb’s upcoming 3D Spider-Man reboot, he now has to contend with a second villain. According to Heat Vision, Irrfan Khan (who is doing outstanding work on the new season of In Treatment) is in talks to play a new baddie named “Van Atter”. Annie Parisse (Rubicon) is in negotiations to play Van Atter’s wife.
And if the spidey sense wasn’t already going crazy, the film is throwing Peter Parker’s rarely-seen parents into the mix. Campbell Scott (Roger Dodger) has been cast as Papa Parker while Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) is in talks to play Mama Parker. Hit the jump for more on the film, which is set to open on July 3, 2012.
It’s currently unknown whether Mr. and Mrs. Parker will appear in flashbacks, a prologue, or during the course of the movie. I hope they pull from the comics and have the characters actually turn out to be robots because that would be delightfully stupid. As for their history in the comics, the real Richard and Mary Parker were secret agents but died in a plane crash. Peter was raised by his Uncle Ben (Richard’s older brother) and Aunt May.
Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) is playing Peter while Emma Stone (Easy A) has been cast as his love interest Gwen Stacy. Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) will play the villainous Lizard. Aunt May and Uncle Ben are being played by Sally Field and Martin Sheen. Production on the film is slated to begin later this month in Los Angeles.