PRINCE OF PERSIA Taking on a Definite SPIDER-MAN Feel

Variety is announcing that Alfred Molina has joined the cast of Disney’s adaptation of Ubisoft’s popular video game franchise, Prince of Persia. His hiring has added to the general overall Spider-Man feel.

We all know that Molina portrayed the tortured villain Otto Octavius in 2004’s Spider-Man 2. But Jake Gyllenhaal, who previously signed as the lead in Prince of Persia, was set to step in for Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man for that sequel if Maguire’s back problems kept him from that role.

Another member of Persia’s announced cast has a Spider-Man connection. Ben Kingsley was in negotiations to possibly play the Vulture in 2007’s Spider-Man 3. Early versions of the script featured the winged villain, but he never made the final cut.

We might never get a Spider-Man 4, but the spirit of the franchise lives on in Prince of Persia.

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William is cursed with the shared love of comic books and of films. Luckily, this is a great time for him to be alive. His writing has been featured on Broken Frontier.com, PopMatters.com and in Comics Foundry magazine.

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