Our first bit of Spidey villain speculation came a few months ago when Michael Fassbender was apparently wanted by Marc Webb for Spider-Man and Matthew Vaughn for X-Men: First Class. Fassbender went with Magneto, but it gave fans an idea of the type of actor Sony were after.
Now Columbia Pictures has announced that Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill, next seen in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1) will play the villain opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.
In the press release president of Columbia Pictures Matt Tolmach said:
“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.”
Director Marc Webb, who doesn’t want to reveal the identify of the villain just yet, commented:
“What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”
We can expect more casting announcements over the coming weeks as they gear up for a December shoot.
What do you think of Rhys Ifans playing the villain? Who do you think the villain will be? The Green Goblin? The Lizard?