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Thomas Haden Church cast as villain for Spider-Man


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Thomas Haden Church, who was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sideways, has been cast as Spider-Man's new archenemy in the next chapter of the Spider-Man adventure, it was announced by director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad.

Spider-Man 3, which is scheduled for release on May 4, 2007, will reunite the successful team that was responsible for the first two blockbuster films. The franchise has grossed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales and the new film will again reteam director Raimi, producers Ziskin and Arad, and actors Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst as M.J.

Production on Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to begin early next year.

"In addition to the on-going relationship between Peter Parker and M.J., these films are driven by the great actors who have brought our villains to life," said Raimi. "Thomas Haden Church will be a fantastic and challenging new nemesis and we all look forward to working with him."

The identity of the new villain is being kept secret and while speculation is rampant about which character is being called into action, the studio will not comment on the casting beyond confirming Church.

Since his star-making role in Sideways, Church has been in demand. The actor is voicing one of the characters in the upcoming animated film Charlotte's Web, and he recently appeared in Columbia Pictures' Spanglish. Church previously appeared in such other films as George of The Jungle, 330 Miles to Graceland and Tombstone. In 2003, he also starred in, co-wrote and directed the comedy Rolling Kansas. From 1990 to 1995, Church played Lowell Mather in the TV series Wings, and starred in the Fox comedy Ned and Stacey from 1995 to 1997.

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They already have someone for Lizard, unless the guy who played Conners in part 2 turned down the role for part 3...which is possible....but I don't know if I can picture Church as this genius scientist.

Maybe Scorpion...

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Ugh. I can't think of anyone off hand that he should play. Here's hoping this is an elaborate hoax, as well as that bit about them waiting so long on production.

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i am shure the the guy that played conners already signed for upcomming movies berfore he was alowed annywere near the set of spider-man 2 - seriusly, how silly could you be not securing a person that plays someone every fan will recognise after you gave him a two ore so sceen apearence ?!

i don´t see lizard, vulture, scopion ore rino happening, they are classics but they are just not what they need now storywise. Maybe it´s the kangaroo !

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The Chameleon? But that would suck, he's not really an arch-enemy. Same goes for Sandman or Shocker etc. Venom, Doc Ock and the Goblin are the real enemies, IMO, and if Dunst and Mcguire are only signed up for one more movie you'd think they'd want to go out with a band - meaning Venom. But that guy doesn't fit the bill really, so I'm stumped.

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It has to be Venom. That's the only real "arch-enemy" they have left IMO. Doc Ock and Green Goblin were the other major enemies, and now t has to be Venom. If it is Venom, i can't wait to see what the black spider costume looks like...and what Venom looks like!

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