The Spider-Man reboot continues to gather one helluva cast. After just signing Martin Sheen and Sally Field to play Uncle Ben and Aunt May (and already featuring Andrew Garfield as your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man), they've added another member to the cast: comedian/TV star Dennis Leary, who will play Police Captain George Stacey.
For those who aren't super familiar with the comic books, George Stacey is the father of Gwen Stacey -- to be played by Emma Stone -- who is Peter Parker's first major love interest in the comic books. And he becomes a bit of a father figure to Parker following Uncle Ben's death. But beyond that, he's a very strong advocate and supporter of Spider-Man and his heroic antics.
For those fans who remember the sad excuse for a movie that was Spider Man 3, George Stacey was played by James Cromwell.
Now, some fans may be upset because Dennis Leary doesn't really look like the part, but personally, I'm okay with that. I think audiences may be underestimating his talent. Those who've seen Rescue Me recognize that Leary is not only a terrific actor, but he does an excellent job playing a public servant figure. And with the current cast, he seems to fit in quite nicely.
Coming Soon reports that Sally Field and Martin Sheen have been offered the roles of Aunt May and Uncle Ben in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, written by James Vanderbilt and to be directed by Marc Webb.
So, wow! Sometimes movies will announce their casting and all I can do is groan, but not this one. I can't think of two better actors who fit the mold of Aunt May and Uncle Ben better. Plus, if Field and Sheen accept the roles, they'll be joining an already-stellar cast featuring Andrew Garfield as Spidey, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, and Rhys Ifans as the villain.
There's not too many deets on the plot yet. All Columbia Pictures has said is that it will focus on "a teenager grappling with both contemporary human problems and amazing super-human crises." So, combine that with Gwen Stacey's presence in the film (Peter Parker's doomed love interest from the comic books) and we can assume that the reboot will focus on the early struggles of Spidey.
Right now, the reboot is looking to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.