Is Christoph Waltz The New 'Spider-Man' Villain?

Christoph WaltzThe long search for a new Peter Parker culminated last month with the hiring of Andrew Garfield in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man." Now, a new actor could be joining the cast, and he's a real "Basterd."

According to The Playlist, Sony is reportedly interested in hiring "Inglourious Basterds" star Christoph Waltz to play the still unidentified villain in the upcoming "Spider-Man" reboot. Interestingly enough, Waltz's "Basterds" co-star Michael Fassbender was also rumored to play a "Spider-Man" villain before ultimately pursuing Magneto in "X-Men: First Class."

While nothing is confirmed regarding the actor's casting — indeed, it's not even confirmed that Sony is truly interested in Waltz — it's nonetheless interesting to consider who Waltz could play in the "Spider-Man" reboot. Some rumors suggest that the villain could be The Lizard, but it's equally possible that Waltz could play a revamped Doctor Octopus or any other number of bad guys. After all, Spidey has one of the most deep and complex rogues galleries out there of any superhero.

But there's also the matter of Waltz's abundance of villainous roles to consider. The actor made an international name for himself by playing Colonel Hans Landa in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," a critically acclaimed role that earned Waltz an Academy Award. Following that movie, Waltz filmed a role as the villain in director Michel Gondry and star Seth Rogen's "The Green Hornet," not to mention his upcoming turn as a bad guy in Paul W.S. Anderson's "The Three Musketeers." Extending that villainous streak to a fourth antagonistic role in "Spider-Man" feels like it could be a stretch.

In other words, proceed with caution on this casting and treat it as a rumor for now. Perhaps Waltz has been approached for "Spider-Man," but then again, perhaps not. At least for now, it's best to keep this bit of news in the rumor bin.

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