Denis Leary Joins ‘Spider-Man’ Cast As Gwen Stacy’s Father

The cast of the “Spider-Man” reboot continues to grow, as another father figure is joining the scene — but with the patriarch of the Parker family already covered in the form of Martin Sheen’s casting as Uncle Ben, it’s Emma Stone who’s about to get a new daddy.

“Rescue Me” star Denis Leary is currently in negotiations to star in “Spider-Man” as police captain George Stacy, according to Heat Vision. The character is the father of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker’s first love interest played by the “Easy A” and “Zombieland” actress.

In the comics, George Stacy plays something of a father figure role to Peter Parker, welcoming the young man into the Stacy household thanks to his relationship with George’s daughter. George is not just a strong supporter of Peter Parker, but an outspoken advocate of Spider-Man’s.

Eventually, the police captain was killed in a 1970 issue of “The Amazing Spider-Man” while saving a child from falling wreckage caused by Doctor Octopus. As he’s dying, George reveals to Peter that he’s always known he was Spider-Man, and he asks him to protect his daughter from a similar fate. Sadly, Peter fails to live up to this promise, as Gwen died at the hands of the Green Goblin only three years later.

If Leary’s negotiations go through, he’ll be the second person to play Captain George Stacy on the big screen. James Cromwell played him in “Spider-Man 3,” while actor Clancy Brown voiced the character in “The Spectacular Spider-Man” animated series.

Leary’s name is the latest to get caught in a web that already includes Andrew Garfield as your friendly neighborhood superhero, Stone as Gwen, Rhys Ifans as an unnamed villain who may or may not be The Lizard, Sheen as Uncle Ben and Sally Field as Aunt May.

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