Breaking news regarding your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man and Sony's highly anticipated reboot: Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Peter Parker's Uncle Ben.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the story, and a rep from Sony has confirmed the report to MTV News.
Those familiar with the comics know that Uncle Ben is an important part of the future web-slinger's life. He and his wife May take in Parker after his parents are killed and raise him as their own. Given Sheen's impressive résumé and reputation — he most recently delighted TV audiences for seven seasons with his lovable portrayal or President Jed Bartlett on "The West Wing" — Sheen seems a good fit for Uncle Ben.
Of course, if Marc Webb's reboot stays true to Spidey's history, Ben eventually meets an untimely end at the hands of a burglar. Naturally, no plot details have been revealed about the new "Spider-Man." But as far as casting, Andrew Garfield will play Peter Parker, Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans will play the Lizard.
Webb did admit previously that they're searching high and low for all the right actors to fill roles. "We're casting a wide net," he told MTV News. "That's really all I can say at this moment."
Other casting rumors include two actors allegedly up for the role of feisty Daily Bugle editor J. Jonah Jameson: "Mad Men" silver fox John Slattery and veteran actor Sam Elliott.
"Spider-Man" is set to begin production in December and will hit theaters in 3-D on July 3, 2012.
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