The Amazing Spider-Man has finally spawned an official place on the web (I refuse to apologize for that). One of the best aspects of the launching of the film's official site, which you can view by clicking here, is the array of great new images. Another big piece of news attached to the site: the official announcement that there will be sequels.
Pictured are stars Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Denis Leary (George Stacy), Martin Sheen (Uncle Ben), Sally Field (Aunt May) and Rhys Ifans (Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard), in character, as well as a few striking shots of a spider's eye view of New York City (that I might have to apologize for).
Check out the pictures below. The Amazing Spider-Man will reach theaters July 3, 2012.
Source: The Amazing Spider-Man via Comingsoon
Here in the world of the Internet, there is a bit of skepticism attached to Spiderman.ru's newly released concept art image of The Lizard, a central villain in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man, played by Rhys Ifans. Comingsoon points out that The Lizard, as depicted below, resembles a slimmed-down version of the villain first seen in a clip from the film that was screened at 2011's San Diego Comic-Con. This has led a few to surmise that the art below might be an outdated depiction of what has become a bulkier, generally larger Lizard.
But that aside, basically, the Lizard will look something like the figure illustrated below. This taken into account, The Amazing Spider-Man looks to be a darker, grittier, more intense rendition of the Marvel Comics superhero story than its 2002 Tobey Maguire counterpart.
The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Parker's Uncle Ben and Aunt May, and Denis Leary as Gwen's father, George Stacy.
The film, directed by Marc Webb, opens July 3, 2012.
Source: Spiderman.ru via Movies.com
Bill Murray was once referred to as the "tippy-top of the A-List" (by a man from Tallahassee—but not the man from Tallahassee), and has been celebrated by many of us as one of the finest actors in the history of Hollywood. With all sincerity do I mean that: he is comedically brilliant, and dramatically exquisite. So, whatever side of himself he'll be hosing us down with in the upcoming Roman Coppola film, A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, we should be ready to be doused in some vehement amazement. Murray will be joining an already impressive cast including Charlie Sheen, the indy-maestro Jason Schwartzman and the heart-stealing Aubrey Plaza.
Murray has regaled us with talent for over thirty years. Some of his career highlights include Carl Spackler in Caddyshack, Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, Phil Connors in Groundhog Day, his roles in Wes Anderson films such as Rushmore, The Royal Tenenbaums and The Life Acquatic (not to mention the upcoming Moonrise Kingdom), and Bob Harris in Lost in Translation. Murray is also one of the few non-Johnny Depp actors to portray Hunter S. Thompson in film (to the writer's delight, at least), playing Thompson in Where the Buffalo Roam. My point: Bill Murray is good. His range is insurmountable. His delivery is human and deliberate. His everything is everything it should be.
Charlie Sheen will play the titular Charles Swan III, a wealthy, famous graphic artist whose life enters a dismal downward spiral after a devastating breakup. No word on who Murray will play just yet. But guaranteed: BEST CHARACTER. And this is coming from someone who really loves both Jason Schwartzman and Aubrey Plaza. ... Funny People was awesome.
UPDATE: The identity of Ifans' villainous character has been revealed. The welsh rogue will play The Lizard, the scaly green Hyde to Dr. Curtis Connors' Jekyl. Dr. Connors did make an appearance in the other Spider-Man sequels as a harmless Columbia professor, but in the reboot, he'll be kicking ass and taking names. Sony has also confirmed that Venom will not be returning for this round of Spider-Man's adventures. Wamp, wamp.
Earlier: Spider-Man's next enemy will have a Welsh accent.
Sony Pictures Entertainment has offered Rhys Ifans the villain role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. This news rounds out a project that features Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as his first love, Gwen Stacey. Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) will direct.
So now that we know the actor playing the villain, what villain will he be? The filmmakers have kept mum and aren't sharing any details, but we're speculating anyway. In the comics, when Stacey was involved, the main villain Spidey faced was the Green Goblin. But, there has also been rumors that our favorite web-slinger will battle Venom.
Personally, I'd like to see him take on Venom. Yeah, I know we just saw Topher Grace play that villain in Spider-Man 3. But if you remember seeing Mr. Grace as Venom, you also remember how bad Mr. Grace was as Venom. Giving Ifans the role would create a new identity for one of the most badass enemies in the Spider-Man universe. Think about it. Ifans is tall, suave, and mysterious. Plus, he's a little older (age 43), which gives Venom something he didn't have with Grace -- wisdom. He's the perfect villain. What do you think?
Source: Deadline, AV Club