The Wrap reports that Chris Zylka has joined the cast of the forthcoming "Spider-Man" reboot as Flash Thompson, Peter Parker's longtime high school nemesis. The part was previously played in Sam Raimi's trilogy by "True Blood" actor Joe Manganiello, recently rumored as a contender for Zack Snyder's "Superman" reboot.
Zylka is best known for the recurring role of Gabe Lammotti on "Hannah Montana." Curiously enough, he's also playing a character named Thor in a movie called "Kaboom." No relation to the upcoming Marvel Studios movies, as far as we know!
The young actor's casting as Flash Thompson isn't exactly a surprise for eagle-eyed fans that use social networking sites on a regular basis. In November, Zylka received a message on Twitter congratulating him for landing the "Spider-Man" role, and the actor replied with a simple "thank you," seemingly confirming the rumor in the process. Today's report only strengthens the initial rumor.
In the comic books, Eugene "Flash" Thompson is a local high school football hero who routinely picks on the considerably less popular and athletic bookworm Peter Parker. But ironically enough, Flash is thoroughly enamored with Spider-Man, viewing the friendly neighborhood web-slinger as a personal hero. It's a good bet that Flash's adoration for Spidey will find its way to the big screen in Marc Webb's currently shooting reboot.
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