Production on the Spider-Man reboot is getting underway and now the last few pivotal roles in the pic have seemingly been filled, including that of Peter Parker’s biological parents and a villain whose name should inspire confusion more than anger or joy from Spidey fans alike.
Campbell Scott and Julianne Nicholson are in line to play Mr. Parker’s father and mother, respectively, while Irrfan Khan is essentially set to star as Van Atter, who will join ranks with The Lizard as an antagonist in director Marc Webb’s reboot.
Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent) is currently holding discussions to play Campbell’s wife, Mary, and mother to heroic webslinger Peter Parker. Khan (best known as the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire) is in talks for the role of Van Atter – presumably, Nels Van Atter, a character who was experimented on by Norman Osborne (a.k.a. The Green Goblin) in the Spider-Man comics and ended up becoming a fierce red beast armed with fangs and claws (a.k.a. Proto-Goblin). Will he team up with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans) and help make Peter Parker’s life all the more difficult in the reboot?
Spider-Man canon designates that Peter Parker’s parents died when he was very young, so it’s not clear yet whether Campbell and Nicholson will appear via a prologue or flashbacks. What we do know is that father characters/paternal figures are likely to have a rough time in the reboot, since Parker’s father will naturally be toast; Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) is likely to kick the bucket before the end credits start to roll; and George Stacy (Denis Leary) – who played an important role in the Proto-Goblin storyline from the original comic – could be killed off in the film as well. Talk about daddy issues…
We like how Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are approaching their respective roles in the Spider-Man reboot (i.e. focusing on character first, looks/physical requirements second). It also seems like Marc Webb isn’t planning to merely deliver a point-by-point rehash of the webslinger’s origin story as it was portrayed in Sam Raimi’s 2002 film, which is another reason to be hopeful about this project.
The Spider-Man reboot will fly into 2D and 3D theaters on July 3rd, 2012.