Rhys Ifans Cast as Villain in ‘Spider-Man’ Reboot

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 9th, 2013 at 11:45 pm,

On the heels of last week’s confirmation that Emma Stone would be portraying Gwen Stacy in director Marc Webb’s forthcoming Spider-Man reboot, Sony has just revealed a similarly surprising but solid casting decision.

According to a studio press release, British actor Rhys Ifans has signed on to play the film’s villain. Ifans received a BAFTA nomination for his breakout performance in Notting Hill and has since appeared in films like The Replacements, Hannibal Rising, and Greenberg.

Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, praises Ifans and reveals what ultimately landed him the role:

“We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans.  After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

Director Marc Webb adds:

“What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of theirrelationships with Peter Parker.  Rhys’ incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character.”

But which character is that exactly? Evidently we’ll have to wait a little bit longer to find out, as they’ve decided not to release that information for the time being. Rumors persist that The Lizard could be the web-slinger’s main adversary in the film, but recent rumblings also suggest Electro might might be the villain. Ifans would definitely be a better fit for the latter in my opinion, but at this point it really could be anyone.

While I continue to question the necessity of this reboot, I do appreciate the unexpected but promising casting choices they’ve made so far. Andrew Garfield was a left-field choice for the title role, but his work in films like the Red Riding trilogy and The Social Network show a great deal of potential. Emma Stone is also quite gifted and even though I think they dropped the ball by casting her as Gwen Stacy instead of Mary Jane, she’s definitely an upgrade from the love interests in Raimi’s Spider-Man films.

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Which villain will Ifans play?

Even without confirmation of who he’s playing, Ifans is an extremely welcome addition in my book. He’s one of the most underrated scene-stealers working right now and the level of exposure a high-profile role like this could grant him would be more than deserved.

When Michael Fassbender was reportedly given the choice between X-Men: First Class and the Spider-Man reboot, I thought for sure that meant Spidey’s villain was The Lizard. Fassbender would certainly have been too old for Electro (ditto for Christoph Waltz) so it is possible there are two villains in the film? Or might it be someone else entirely? Vulture? Venom? Let the speculation commence!

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: Sony Pictures.

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  1. I can see him being Venom actually.

  2. YEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!

    Ok now im definitely looking forward to the reboot :D

  3. cletus kasady?

  4. To me its either gonna be venom,carnage or electro…

  5. but who says the villian that he is being considered for is because of his looks he could be someone like shocker were you dont see his face in that case he could be mysterio

    • That’s true, but it seems like they’re really stressing the personal connection Parker has to whichever villain it is. Which is why I think The Lizard, Electro, and Venom keep getting mentioned.

      • Not lizard Come on he cant be lizard!

        • That wouldn’t be my first choice either- I’m just pointing out that he’s a villain Parker has a deeper connection with.

          • Yeah i want lizard to be a villain in part 2…part 1 i say ELECTRO. Part 2 i say LIZARD and introduction to GREEN GOBLIN. Part 3 i say GOBLIN and CARNAGE. Part 4 i say MISTERIO,SANDMAN and DOC OC.
            Part 5 i say VENOM,RHINO and VULTURE…

            • Lol i doubt they would get to a part 5

  6. YuckMouth, the little known villain from Britain who suffered long lines waiting to see his dentist.

  7. as soon as i saw the guy i thought Vulture, but carnage would be sooo much fun to see.

    • I want carnage OR electro that would be the BEST.

  8. Wow I guess this reboot is actually shaping up to be pretty decent.
    Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans.

    I think he should be Electro. I loved him in Little Nicky and The Replacements along with the above movies! The guy is funny as hell.

  9. Wildcard: (and you’ll hunt me down into Chinatown for this) but…
    Miles Warren/ The Jackal.

    See? I told you you’d hate me…
    okay, I’m serious now. Michael Morbius
    Okay! Okay! The Lizard!!!!! Everyone a flippin’ happy camper now?!! Sheesh!


  11. His performance in HP will be the best..cant wait. Still Little Nicky he was great fun….he can practically do it all!

  12. I personally would love to see either Electro or Mysterio. I think Green Goblin is a very important villain, but he should be in a later movie. I do also wanna see Carnage/Venom sometime, but not for the first movie. Spiderman 3 did not go so well, so they should wait on them. It definitely wont be the vulture. Remember Spiderman 4?? Sony didn’t want The Vulture.

  13. but what about one of the less lnow ones like charmeloion i think he could maybe pull it off

    but my hope it is shocker or mysterio

  14. He definitely has a Electro look. Just make him bald and give him lightning scars that glow bright blue (EPIC) and a black outfit (Ultimate outfit reference) with a green and yellow shirt (old outfit reference). Or Dr. Conners (Lizard). Or possibly Adrian Toomes (Vulture)

  15. Venom reboot or Lizard – no doubt!

  16. He looks like Osborne to me, I really hope we dont see Green Goblin again so soon :(

    • I agree to a point gusk, but you have to admit it might be really cool to see an “old school” green goblin instead of the high tech model they rolled out in Spider-man 1 for Willem Dafoe to work through…just sayin’.

  17. LIZARD!!! dr connors has a very complex relationship with peter/spidey,
    he does remind me of cletus cassidy but they should only inroduce carnage along with venom or after venom

  18. I agree that he is probably better suited to be Electro.

    Still such a shame that we won’t get to see the Lizard in a Raimi/McGuire Spidey movie. I still don’t see why Raimi wanted Sandman for S3, other than to close the arc on Peter coming to grips with Ben’s death (by forgiving the one who actually killed him), but seriously – the first two films set up Connors to be the Lizard so perfectly

    I hope this reboot does the franchise justice

  19. it is incredible how fast people can change their mind about a movie..
    first when it was announced this was a HORRIBLE idea, now its looking pretty decent. it’s funny :) but i guess we’re just human.

    • Lol that is SO true. I HATED and DESPISED the idea of the reboot at first, but now after hearing some casting, everything seems to be shaping up very nicely and I am really excited. Cant wait to know the villain(s) and plot. Shouldn’t be too long!

  20. He’ll be Chameleon

  21. hopefully Electro, Sony already did Venom and plus Venom and Carnage would look to similar to Spidey in style and in the action scenes. They’d be high flying and wall crawling where as it’d be awesome to see Electro on a rooftop hurling electricity at Spidey swinging around him.
    He could play Vulture but Vulture might be a boring villain on screen by himself, same with Lizard and Mysterio, plus in recent comics Electro was brought back and had a very cool new look. Now Electro plus, the Vulture or Lizard would be cool too. What about Gerard Butler or Josh Brolin as Kraven the hunter!

    • Gerard as Kraven would make my life.

  22. As much as I would love Carnage (my fav of the bad guys), you can’t yet. If this is a reboot, you have to build up to him. So you are talking movie 3 or beyond. You have to go basic. A Vulture, Mysterio, Lizard, Electro type. I would much rather them at this point concentrate on a villain who remains human like a Mysterio, Electro, Vulture. I would much like to see Vulture or Mysterio at this point. But yeah, if they want to distance themselves a bit from the last go around of Spidey, stay away from the Venom/Carnage type of symbiotic character. Though he would make a good a great looking Cletus, if you wanted to cast him in that, build his character up throughout the movie and maybe add him to the next movie.

  23. I see him and I picture Vulture.

    • Thats cuz he looks like vulture lol,but he can be any villain…i want that announcement now!

    • Likewise. He’s lanky. Or, if you’ve seen The Replacements, “wiry”. :)

  24. He was a genius in Pirate Radio. I think he could play any villain, but he probably will be Curt Connors. Peter is going to be in an honors/dual enrollment science course, and Curt will be his prof. I am calling it.

  25. No way they do Vulture, talk about sinking before the new ship leaves the dock.

  26. Either Electro or Mysterio for me. Both are great villains and both would be played brilliantly by Rhys. Mysterio would be my first choice, because he’s so far off the radar to people who aren’t Spidey Fans. He’d prove to be a huge challenge for Spiderman to face, and could really darken up the movie. This movie is being cast with a lot of up-and-comings, and a dark tone to Spiderman would be great. Along the same lines as Batman Begins,except Spiderman could provide some nice comic relief where Bats couldn’t.

  27. the lizard

  28. My bet is that hes playing Electro. he seems like the logical villain to begin the new franchise with, since Spideys main three (Doc Ock, GG, and Venom) have already been used (and in one case abused), and Lizard just doesnt make sense for at least one more movie. if they want to use the lizard they need at least one movie to solidify Connors relationship with Peter first.

    so yeah, definitely electro… or maybe Mysterio. thad be fine with me too.

  29. I see him and I picture Mr. Lovegood.