Thomas Haden Church to Play Bad Guy in ‘Spider Man 3’
Thomas Haden Church is reportedly going to join Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman 3, playing the role of an unspecified villian.
While Thomas Haden Church did not end up winning the Oscar for his performance in the independent film ‘Sideways,’ his nomination and good reviews earned him new opportunities. It was announced today that Church will play an as of yet to be named villain in ‘Spider Man 3,’ the latest sequel in the blockbuster series about the webslinging super hero.
The stars of the first two films will return as Tobey Maguire will reprise his role as Spiderman/Peter Parker and Kristen Dunst will return as love interest Mary Jane. Sam Rami, who directed the first two ‘Spiderman’ features will also be back in the director’s chair.
The film is scheduled for release in May 2007.
The first two films featured classic Spider-Man villians the Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus, both of whom appeared within the first six issues of the original 1963 series.
The most likely villain for Church to play, then, would be either The Vulture, who appeared in issues 2 and 7; The Sandman, who appeared in issue 4; or Doctor Doom, who appeared in issue 5. Since Doom is mostly associated with the Fantastic Four, I’d guess Vulture or Sandman.