Rhys Ifans has been offered the role of the villain in Sony Picture’s upcoming Spirder-Man reboot. No word yet as to which one of the wall crawler’s rogue gallery he will be playing though. Speculation is running the range from classics like Green Goblin to more modern baddies like Venom.
Ifans joins Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey under Marc Webb’s direction of the 3D film that will take the character back to his roots as a high school student who learns about responsibility after he receives superpowers from the bite of a radioactive spider.
If Ifans name doesn’t seem particularly familiar don’t be surprised. His casting certainly fits in with Sony’s Method of Operation on the Spider-Man reboot of keeping talent costs low by casting folks who haven’t made enough of a name for themselves that they can command the large, multi-million dollar salaries. That doesn’t mean, though, that he is a substandard actor. Ifans has a pretty good filmography of supporting roles in movies like Notting Hill, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, Pirate Radio and Greenberg.