'Spider-Man' casts Peter Parker's parents
The new "Spider-Man" reboot starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, will feature a glimpse of Peter Parker's parents.
In the comic book mythology, Parker's parents die and leave Peter orphaned at a young age. He is taken in by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May, who become surrogate Parents to the young Parker.
Campbell Scott, of "Damages" and "Royal Pains", has signed on to play Parker's father, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Julianne Nicholson of '"Law & Order: Criminal Intent" is in talks to play the mother.
Peter Parker's parents were never portrayed in the Sam Rami directed "Spider-Man" Trilogy. The industry paper says it is unclear how the two will be in the movie, whether they will be seen through flash backs or a prologue.
It was reported in October that Martin Sheen was in final negotiation to play Uncle Ben while "Brothers & Sisters" star Sally Field "was in early talks" for the role of Aunt May. Uncle Ben's murder plays a key part in the hero's mythology.
The film has also cast another villain named Van Atter, played by "Slumdog Millionaire" actor Irrfan Khan.
Rhys Ifans of "Notting Hill" fame, has been tapped to play an unnamed villain, though rumor has it he will be playing the role of The Lizard, aka Dr. Curt Connor.
In the Marvel comic books, Connors, a scientist, ingests a serum made from reptilian DNA, which causes an arm he lost in a blast during his army service to grow back and transforms him into a reptilian humanoid monster.
In the last bit of "Spider-Man" news reported in November, Denis Leary was in talks to play the father of Emma Stone's character, Gwen Stacy, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The comedian and "Rescue Me" star will reportedly play police captain George Stacy. The film begins shooting in December.
The new "Spider-Man"' reboot will be helmed by "500 Days of Summer" director Marc Webb. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.