Sally Field Could Be Spider-Man’s Aunt May

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 1:02 am,

Ben and May Parker are two of the most important characters in the Spider-Man comics and movies as they embody the heart and soul of what makes Peter Parker the man and superhero he is. Earlier this evening we reported that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in the 3D reboot of Spider-Man and we wondered who could play opposite the veteran actor as Aunt May.

According to another THR exclusive, we now have breaking news that Sony is in early talks with Sally Field (Brothers & Sisters) to play Aunt May opposite Sheen and Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield.

While I foresee Sheen’s take on Uncle Ben resembling that of Cliff Robertson from Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man, Sally Field evokes different feelings and I can picture her offering something unique compared to what we already saw from Rosemary Harris’ Aunt May in the trilogy. Should she sign for the role, this will be Field’s first major film role in years.

Both Sheen and Field bring veteran star power and celebrity profile to the growing Spider-Man cast which includes Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Rhys Ivans. With shooting scheduled to begin next month, we can expect many more casting announcements soon. I think we can agree that fans are most curious about who will be playing J. Jonah Jameson.

In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man films, J.K. Simmons became an obvious fan favorite as the loud and fast-talking J.J., seemingly born for the role that pushed his career to a new level. While the studio will attempt to distance the 3D Spidey reboot from the previous franchise installments, many wouldn’t be opposed to bringing him back.

There’s also the other students at Parker’s school who need to be cast, including future love interest Mary Jane and Flash Thomson.

What do you think of the cast so far?

Share your thoughts with us on Twitter @rob_keyes and @screenrant.

Spider-Man is directed by Marc Webb and written by James Vanderbilt. Filming starts in December and the film will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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  1. No Betty White? Damn (j/k)

    • Please… no.



      • I just figured they would considering they seem to have the actors sell the film, and for some reason Betty White is popular nowadays. Although, I fail to see why.

        • Bella white is funny lol

          • Omg…

            i meant BETTY white ugh.

            Vic we need edit buttons.

  2. What do I think of the cast? Andrew Garfield isn’t that great of a choice to play Parker and he’s got a Kennedy for an Uncle and Forest’s mom for an Aunt. Does that make Parker and Forest cousins? Cousin Forest will you stop following me, go back home now. But I got some spider powers too cousin Peter. Shhh you’ll give away my identity and your cramping my style. Go home and watch that video I gotcha, “Rain Man.”…

    • LOL old man that’s great. :-)

      • Thanks M.E. You watch and see if “Mad” or “Cracked ” magazines don’t send it up that way. And danlister’s comments in the same vein are just as close to the mark. Simmons as Jameson, a definite no-brainer, no one can dispute that, but I guess no one offered it to him. What a waste. On top of that they’re doing at least part of the origin story again! If not why have anyone play uncle Ben? Even movie versions of famous stories like “Hamlet” don’t get remade this often…

    • Worse yet…

      “Aunt May? I was looking through your high school yearbook and there’s a lot of folks calling you ‘Gidget’ and talking about some guy named ‘Moondoggie’; was he a werewolf-wannabe or what?”

      • “Um, Aunt May? Was looking through your closet for something MJ could wear to a Halloween party and we found a nun’s habit; there was a label attached to the collar…who IS ‘Sister Bertrille’, anyway?”

        • “Aunt May? There’s some guy in a Pontiac Trans-Am outside, says to tell someone named ‘Frog’ that ‘The Bandit’s ready for another run’; WTF is this guy on?”

  3. Casting news just keeps getting worse!!

  4. No one! NO ONE! Can replace J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson!!! No one!

    If they replace him, there is a very good chance I will not see this movie regardless of how good the casting looks. To me, he was perfect in the role and was honestly the best part of all 3 movies in my mind. The guy was hilarious in each one.

    • I agree with you SIN but im afraid they will replace him :(

      i think sally is a good choics though!

      • We should start a petition. I´d like Simmons to reprise his role…

        • You can sign me up.

  5. seems a little young for Aunt May if you ask me, but I can live with this

  6. I am still not impressed with Garfield. I do like Sheen and Field as Uncle Ben and Aunt May. I think they will do a wonderful job in those roles. I do agree, No one can replace J.K. Simmons. That man cracks me up every time I watch those movies.

    “Spider-man was a Hero. He was an inspiration to us all. He was… A THEIF!!! HE STOLE MY SUIT!”

  7. NOOOO! I can’t even stand her commercials!!!

  8. there is some good news, going to youngsters, Sheen, and Field, Stone and Garfield.

    They have put the bar really low for me, so it can’t suck much more than I think it will.

  9. Well as long as she grays up her hair a bit, and doesn’t hire Mrs. Doubtfire to watch over Spider-Man than sign her up.

  10. I am going to try a revolutionary tactic with this one .
    I am going to judge it by the finished product.

  11. You like me.
    You really, reaaly, like me!

    It’s funny— I would be okay with Field as Aunt May but ONLY if Sheen drops out as Uncle Ben and they get Burt Reynolds instead :)

    Actually for Aunt May I kind of picture Frances Fisher
    But I can kind of see why they are asking Sally- probably due to Forrest Gump.

    • Forrest Gump: My Aunt May always said, “Life was like a box of supervillains…you never know whose butt you’re gonna kick.”

  12. Sally is my favorite actress from Mrs Doubtfire and Forrest Gump and Legally Blonde 2. I like to see her star in the Comic-Book movies like Sci-Fi