Sony has announced that British actor Rhys Ifans has signed on to play a villain in Spider-Man’s reboot. But which one? For now we’ve got a cast of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and now, Ifans.
Sony announced today that they’ve cast Rhys Ifans, the British actor known for his breakout role in Notting Hill as the slacker roommate, as well as for performances in Pirate Radio and this year’s Greenberg.
According to the press release it was actually Ifans’ performance in the upcoming Sony film Anonymous, directed by Roland Emmerich of all people, that got him the job:
“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.”
And while they’re not going to tell us who the villain will be, director Marc Webb had some vague things to say about how the villain’s relationship to Spider-Man himself is the key to the character:
“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.”
On all the movies I’ve seen him in, Ifans has been great. I particularly love his performance in Pirate Radio. There’s not much to say here, until we get to know which villain will he be portraying. We’ll see…
Who do you think Ifans will play? You ok with his casting?