Rhys Ifans is extremely excited to be playing a villain for Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, and it looks like he may be getting some prestigious company with presidential experience. Martin Sheen not only has interest in playing Peter Parker's Uncle Ben; he's reportedly already in negotiations for the part.
Much like he did for his son Charlie Sheen's character in the original "Wall Street," the actor who played President Josiah Bartlet in "The West Wing" would be playing Andrew Garfield's moral compass if his late-stage negotiations work out, according to a story on The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision blog.
If he really does take up the role previously played by Cliff Robertson in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man," Sheen would bring some seriously established Hollywood presence to a film whose focus up until this point has been on young up-and-comers. Garfield showed off enough talent this year in "The Social Network," but playing off of Sheen for the inevitable fatherly moments that will take place in this movie could create some potent drama.
He'd be a brilliant choice, though. Garfield's a gifted actor, and Columbia's going to need someone who can claim authority in theaters when Spider-Man's legendary origin story unfolds. Uncle Ben demands a lot of the same qualities that Sheen has become famous for, and whoever's pulling him through to the final step of putting his name on the dotted line obviously recognizes that.
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