Martin Sheen To Play Uncle Ben in Spider-Man Reboot [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated November 4th, 2010 at 9:34 pm,

martin sheen uncle ben spider man reboot Martin Sheen To Play Uncle Ben in Spider Man Reboot [Updated]

For moviegoers and comic book fans, the toughest part of seeing a fast-tracked reboot of Sony’s Spider-Man franchise will be seeing an entirely new cast reprise the roles of many characters we’ve come so familiar and fond of.

The title role of Peter Parker aside, the key supporting characters in his life helped define Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies and let them work for mainstream audiences (ignoring Spider-Man 3, that is). Two characters of note who brought the real heart to Spider-Man were of course Aunt May and Uncle Ben, played to perfection by Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson respectively. How do you replace them? Start by bringing in Martin Sheen!

The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive scoop on Martin Sheen being in final negotiations for the part of Ben Parker. Uncle Ben, as he’s better known as, is pivotal in Peter Parker’s development and transformation into the superhero we all know and love him as. It’s Ben who coined the world-famous catch-phrase, “With great power, comes great responsibility” and no truer words can be spoken.

It is Uncle Ben’s death that pushes Parker into becoming Spider-Man and that raises the question of how director Marc Webb’s 3D reboot will tackle Spider-Man’s origin story. Will Ben appear in flashbacks or will he play a role in the present and die (again) at the hands of a burglar? We definitely will see a bit of Peter’s past as we know they’re on the hunt for a 4-6 year-old boy to play the toddler variant of him.

Sheen will join a cast which already includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villainous Lizard. Now we can look forward to who is cast as Aunt May.

[Update: Just a few hours later news broke that Sally Field is in talks to play Aunt May]

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The Spider-Man reboot was written by James Vanderbilt and is being produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin. Filming starts in December and the film will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Source: THR

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  1. Doesn’t look good.

  2. Who wants to bet that Betty White gets the part of Aunt May? She’s awesome but she totally gets every role in her age category these days!

    Awesome news about Martin Sheen though; great replacement for Robertson.

  3. it was actually first said in a text box in the last panel of amazing fantasy 15, and retroactively attributed to ben.

  4. And the wheels keep turning…not bad though. What about Harry? And Norman? Aren’t they in it? Can’t wait to see their replacements if they are.

    • Anton Yelchic as Harry and Ralph Fiennes as Norman, and later the likeness of the cgi Goblin (cuz it will probably use the extremely beast Ultimate Green Goblin. He’s more menacing and way bigger). Those two are my top choice for the characters.

      • I like. I agree,a beastlier Ultimate version of Gobbie would be great. In keeping with the gritty version they’re aiming for. I heard from a reliable source that we’re going to see villains that we haven’t seen on film(goblin being the exception) and that if you’re a fan of Spec Spidey toon then you’ll love this movie. Of course it’ll be more adult than the cartoon but you get the picture. No word on webshooters but man I hope they’re mechanical. It could work.

  5. No doubt they’re hoping the actors sell the film, not the story.

  6. Oh man…….

  7. FAIL!

    if they recast J.J. i’m not watching it :P

    • If Judi Dench can play “M” in Casino Royale, then JK Simmons should be able to play Jameson in this film.

      • Wel too late for that. They’re already casting either Sam Elliot or John Slattery for the role. Not a bad replacement, but Simmons was the embodiment of the character.

        • Sam Elliot can not play that role.

      • Want to see J. K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson again? Sign this petition:

  8. Sheen isn’t Uncle Ben material. I’d expect him to turn evil lol. Cliff Robertson was PERFECT

  9. Sally Field was recently confirmed for Aunt May. Check /film.

    • Say Whaaaaaaaa???

    • Holy crap he’s right!!

  10. My name is Forest Gump but when I put this here costume on… Well I’m, Bubba Spider-Man…

    Tell me you can get Gump out of your head once Ms. Fields takes the stage??

  11. The concept of redoing the origin, even if by flashback, is utterly ridiculous.

    And the poor schmuck who’s played a bit role as Doc Connor for three movies, has now been amputated from the series before being able to have a major role?

  12. Now I KNOW I’m NOT seeing this movie. I’ll stick to the original 2 and a half Spiderman movies, thank you very much.

  13. Did Laura Ziskin help out on Spider-Man 3? If so…. I declare a WITHCHUNT!

  14. Whoo! Cant wait

  15. The “Ultimate” series is but a pale imitation and cowers in the shadow of MARVEL’S original mainstream and still best selling flagship title “Amazing Spiderman”.

    Those who think the “Ultimate” universe is grittier and more realistic have obviously never read “Amazing Spiderman”.

    Couldn’t care less for Phony Sony & “Ultimate” Spider-TEEN. It’s an over rated uninspiring and poor imitative comic book series just like this movie.

    Give me the original “Amazing Spider-MAN” any day.

    One day hopefully we’ll get to see a mature epic blockbuster film about the adult adventures of Peter Parker the MAN and his alter ego Spider-MAN, just like the books have been since 1966.

    Phony Sony can keep it’s teeny bopper “Ultimate” Spider-TEEN franchise.

  16. Magnetic Eye,
    You do know that In the orignal “Amazing Spider _Man” series that Peter started his crimefighting career in high school right?

    • @ Gary

      Yes Gary I do. I have almost the entire run of “Amazing Spiderman.” In fact it’s one of a few titles I still buy.

      This Phony Sony franchise is about milking the cash cow for all it’s worth by adapting the “Ultimate” route and perpetuating the High School stories.

      My point has more to do with the fact that we’ve already seen Peter in High School. It’s time to move on.

      Okay , so this is a reboot and it’s not following any of the MARVEL continuity, BUT the fact remains from the original mainstream source material “Amazing Spiderman” issue #28 (Sept. 1965), which featured Peter’s graduation from High School.

      WOW! Marvel moved on 45 years ago after only 2 and a half years of High School and Peter began attending Empire State University in #31 (Dec. 1965), the issue which also featured the first appearances of friends and classmates Gwen Stacy and Harry Osborn.

      I don’t expect Sony to follow the comic book continuity but the question remains, what we are all still doing in High School when the books portray a mature hero in adulthood?

  17. There is NO CONFIRMATION its going to be set in high school.
    There have been some rumblings it MIGHT be set during Peters college days .