Deadline reports the breaking news that Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered the lead villain role in “Spider-Man” to the Welsh actor. If he accepts the offer, Ifans will join a growing cast list that already includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his ill-fated first love Gwen Stacy.
It’s currently unknown which villain Ifans would play in the “Spider-Man” reboot. Based on his body type and the characters he’s known to play, not to mention the involvement of Stone as Gwen Stacy, it’s not far-fetched to imagine that Ifans is playing Green Goblin. But the character was famously played by Willem Dafoe in the original Sam Raimi-directed “Spider-Man” film, and it’s possible that Sony will want to move away from that series as they reboot the franchise.
Another rumored candidate for the “Spider-Man” villain is Venom, despite being featured in the most recent film in the franchise. Topher Grace previously occupied the role of Eddie Brock in “Spider-Man 3.” Before the “Spider-Man” series was rebooted, Raimi had locked John Malkovich into playing The Vulture, though that character is most likely sidelined for now.
Best known for his role as the eccentric Spike in “Notting Hill” and the twitchy Nigel Gruff in “The Replacements,” Ifans will next be seen as the quirky Xenophilius Lovegood in the two-part “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.”
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