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Rhys Ifans cast as the villain for 'Spider-Man' reboot

10/11/2010 by Kristina Lopez

Rhys Ifans in a still from the film 'Enduring Love' (Paramount Classics) The cast of the new Spider-Man reboot is slowly coming together. Last week it was announced that Emma Stone will play Gwen Stacy and now Rhys Ifans, of Notting Hill fame, has been tapped to play an unnamed villain.

"We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies," said Columbia Pictures President Matt Tolmach in a statement. "And it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans."

He added, "After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous, were in awe of his talent and think hes the perfect choice to take on this role.

The announcement also includes cryptic statements from director Marc Webb, concerning the mysterious nature of Ifans' villain character.

"What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker," said Webb according to the statement. "Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

Rhys is most famously known for his role as Spike, the best friend to Hugh Grant's character in the 1999 hit film Notting Hill. He'll also soon be seen as Xenophilius Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.

In the previous film trilogy, Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man faced off against The Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe), Dr. Otto Octavius/Dr. Octopus (Alfred Molina), Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and briefly Harry Osborn (James Franco).

The new Spider-Man film reboot stars The Social Network actor Andrew Garfield as the superhero and is directed by Marc Webb. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012. Filming is set to begin in December.

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