C. Thomas Howell Joins the Spider-Man Reboot

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 7th, 2012 at 1:47 pm,

spider man c thomas howell C. Thomas Howell Joins the Spider Man Reboot

Some projects in Hollywood seem like they never get off the ground (see all the turmoil surrounding The Three Stooges), while other project like The Social Network go from idea to potential Oscar winner in only a few months.

The Spider-Man reboot seems to fall in the latter category (Oscar-winning potential excluded) because it feels like just a few months ago we were discussing the news of how Sony let everyone attached to the Spider-Man 4 project go, decided to reboot the series, hired Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) to direct and announced Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) would be the new web-slinger.

Even as production on the Spider-Man reboot began last month – as verified by the set pictures of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) – Webb is still adding actors to the roster and the latest to join his crew is C. Thomas Howell. There is no official word by Sony on Howell’s character in Spider-Man other than that his name will be Ray.

There aren’t many characters from the Spider-Man canon named Ray, so the only comic book-related possibility to choose from is the father of Peter Parker’s current comic book girlfriend, Ray Cooper. With the knowledge that Gwen Stacy is going to be Peter’s main squeeze in this film, the chances of the character being Ray Cooper are slim.

It was rumored that Zooey Deschanel could be joining the cast as Betty Brant and maybe Howell will play her father – of course that’s only speculation on our part. More realistically, Howell’s character is new to the Spider-Man universe and was created specifically for the film.  We already know the Curt Connors and Flash Thompson are returning to the story and Denis Leary will be Gwen Stacy’s father, George.  Only time will tell how many other characters will join the party, but as production ramps up over the next couple weeks I’m sure we’ll hear plenty of news.

Howell had a great run during the ’80s with roles in popular films like The Outsiders, Tank and Red Dawn. Unfortunately, the quality roles available to him started to decline as he has starred in mainly direct-to-video films such as War of the Worlds and The Da Vinci Treasure, both produced by The Asylum.  Maybe a role in Spider-Man is exactly what he needs to kick-start his career once more?

Spider-Man swings into theaters July 3rd, 2012.

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  1. Ponyboy! Cool

  2. Could he be Norman Osborn, or some other villain that just getting a cameo?

  3. I see they are sparing no expense in getting top notch actors for the movie. Wake me when they finally sign Bary Busey and Jada Pinkett Smith.

    • Who’s “Bary Busey”?

      There’s a GARY Busey and his son-who-looks-like-a-clone, Jake Busey…

      • Yeah, if there was an edit feature I would have fixed that, but no such tool is available.

        • Yet.

  4. He could be “Ray” the new owner of the Pizza joint Parker tries to get a job at… or “Ray” the-guy-on-the-street-who-points-and-says….

  5. This is newsworthy? This film is going to end Sony. Oh wait, they’re going cheap on it hoping for a Twilight like hit.

  6. Actually, Ray is the nickname of Richard Parker (Peter´s dad) in the “Ultimate Spider-Man” comics. And since they´ll go the “ultimate” route with this film, I guess he´ll play Richard Parker.

    • Probably, but at first glance he looks like he could be Norman Osborn but they will go for a bigger named actor.

      • Probably. But my guess is that he´ll be Spider-Man´s dad in a flashback.

        • They have already cast his parents I think.

  7. Has it been confirmed that this reBooty will be in view killing 3D?

    Sony can so totally kiss my grits on this one.

    • @790 – yeah that was one of the first announcements Sony made when they talked about the reboot. I still predict that Garfield will be Parker and that Spider-Man will be entirely CG just like the Na’vi since Webb is using Cameron’s technology and even talked to him about the project early on.

      • Garfield has already dismissed this, he said he is wearing the suit.

    • @790 ditto.

  8. Say waaat?

  9. With luck, it might just resurrect his career and stop him from making execrable crapola like War of the Worlds & its sequel

    • My guess is that War of the Worlds is going to be a cinematic masterpiece compared to this piece of excrement.

  10. C Thomas Howell??

    No comment

    • Yeah he was in movies like over 20 years ago.

    • Heh, he WOULD look like Jameson, yeah.


      • Thats very possible indeed!!!

        Shame though, could they not have kept the guy who played him in the other movies, he was the only character they got right!

  11. Yay!!! I love C. Thomas Howell

  12. never heard of this guy

  13. I know he’s been reported to be playing someone named “Ray,” but I think he’s playing J. Jonah Jameson.