Alan Cumming In Talks To Play Green Goblin In ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark’

When last we heard from the “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” front (that being the upcoming, $40M Broadway spectacular featuring a musical score by U2’s Bono and The Edge, in case you’re just tuning in), the show’s legendary director, Julie Taymor, offered MTV an exclusive update on where casting for the show currently stood. Taymor said talks with Evan Rachel Wood were progressing for the role of Mary Jane, and that she was still searching for an actor to play the title role.

However, in a blink-and-you-would’ve-missed-it quote, Taymor also hinted at who the main villain in the Spidey musical would be — namely, the Green Goblin — and today, the New York Post is reporting that Alan Cumming is currently in negotiations for the role of Marvel’s notorious pumpkin bomber.

Cumming — a 1999 Tony Award winner who is no stranger to New York’s Great White Way — also boasts a geek-approved resume as well, considering his fan-favorite turn as Nightcrawler in “X2.”

Yet Spidey fans shouldn’t starting throwing up their jazz hands just yet, as is the case with Wood, Cumming’s potential involvement with “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” is reportedly hinging on money — with the Post’s Michael Riedel saying Cumming could stand to make $15,000 per week, but “there’s no reason why he shouldn’t ask for more.” Meanwhile, the show’s already record-breaking budget looks to climb ever-upwards, as Sony, the show’s producer, continues to give Taymor blank checks (the Post quotes a unnamed source close to Taymor saying the director is “unfamiliar with the word ’budget'”).

That said, the Post notes that, “Taymor really, really wants [Cumming] to play the part, and what Julie wants, Julie usually gets,” so it will be interesting to watch this latest development play out in what’s sure to be dramatic fashion.

Does the possible addition of Cumming make you more interested in “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark?” Lets hear it in the comments.

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