Paul Giamatti May Play Rhino In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Felicity Jones In Talks For Role

Looks like Electro won't be the only villain to take on Spider-Man in 2014. Paul Giamatti (Rock Of Ages) is in negotiations to play the powerful Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel, while Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is in talks for an unknown role.

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By Paul Romano - 1/28/2013


Here's some interesting casting news. When Jamie Foxx was announced to play the villainous Electro in Sony Pictures' sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man (which begins filming next month), it was speculated that at least one more villain will be included taking on the Webhead in the character's next big screen outing. Now, The Hollywood Reporter confirms just that. According to the site, Paul Giamatti - who was recently seen in Rock Of Ages and is currently shooting Parkland - has entered negotiations to play The Rhino in the film, which will be directed by Marc Webb (who helmed the first Amazing Spider-Man). The character first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 in 1966, and is known for wearing a superhuman Rhino suit that makes him invulnerable and gives him super strength/super speed. Back in 2011, Giamatti said that he was "ready and waiting" to play The Rhino should the character ever be used in a Spider-Man film, and it appears that he has gotten his wish.

Additionally, THR says that Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is also in talks for a role, though the site says that the role is unknown. Could it be Betty Brant? Black Cat, even? Interestingly, Jone was recently said to be up for the female lead in Marvel Studios' Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which she later denied. Be sure to stay tuned to CBM for more news as we have it.

The currently untitled sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Shailene Woodley and Sally Field. The film is set to hit theaters May 2nd, 2014.










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Dynamo - 1/28/2013, 12:32 PM
Haha! That's awesome! Ultimate Rhino I presume.
AFlashFloodOfVenom - 1/28/2013, 12:34 PM
Where did this all come from!? As long as he isn't the focus of the film and just used as a small villain I'll be ok with this.
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 12:34 PM
the story for the rhino in tasm video game was pretty cool

ms. jones would make a sexy black cat
Alphadog - 1/28/2013, 12:35 PM
What if felicity jones is playing felicia carty aka black cat, i mean she was in the videogame with rhino. Not who i'd chose though.
AFlashFloodOfVenom - 1/28/2013, 12:38 PM
I'd love if Giamatti will play the Rhino like the one seen in the USM comics/game. I don't think the classic comic origin will work that well on screen, and I'd rather not see some mutant-Rhino character like in the games. Too similar to the Lizard for my liking. But with the direction the films are going this is probably going to be the outcome - mutant hybrid Rhino.
marvel72 - 1/28/2013, 12:40 PM
i see him more as doc ock than the rhino,he might be alright.
SageMode - 1/28/2013, 12:40 PM
Paul Giamatti for Rhino? WTF Sony!
HULK2099 - 1/28/2013, 12:41 PM
most likely ultimate rhino story line
staypuffed - 1/28/2013, 12:43 PM
Not too sure about Paul Giamatti.
I can't picture him as Rhino. Plus, wasn't he in the Amazing Spider-Man game, too?

Better call this film The Spectacular Spider-Man, Sony.
TheSonOfKrypton - 1/28/2013, 12:43 PM
I'm sorry but WTF. Just WTF.
TheSonOfKrypton - 1/28/2013, 12:45 PM
Know that wasn't directed at me, but Spiderman WTF sounds just about right haha
Jollem - 1/28/2013, 12:54 PM
Mrcool210 - 1/28/2013, 12:56 PM
i knew giamatti said he wanted to be rhino, but i thought he was kidding, now im definitly intrigued
thebearjew - 1/28/2013, 12:56 PM
WOW i remember seeing him on conan like a year ago or so saying he really really wanted to play the rhino apparently he was a big spidey fan growing up
rebellion - 1/28/2013, 12:57 PM
i wanted her as mary jane :/
ComicBookKidUK - 1/28/2013, 12:58 PM
I'd like to see Felicity Jones as Carlie Cooper rather than Betty Brant
EdgyOutsider - 1/28/2013, 12:58 PM
No, just no.
Asterisk - 1/28/2013, 12:59 PM
WAIT WHAT THE HELL
whoelsebutkevin - 1/28/2013, 1:00 PM
I can barely see him at the Rhino but then again what actor really look's the part. I'll give it a shot but I hope this is not a SM3 Repeat. Isn't the Goblin suppuse to show up at some point like the backbone of the story (Ie.The Dark Knight-Harvey Dent/Two-Face) then Electro too. I know they aren't dumb because 3 villians did not work especially since they did not give them good charcter development except Franco's Goblin. -sigh- I'll wait and see though.
rebellion - 1/28/2013, 1:02 PM
@comicbookkiduk carlie cooper is the worst character in the history of ever and she should disappear. i don't want her in the comics, i don't want her in the movies.
Dvantassel23 - 1/28/2013, 1:03 PM
Wtf is up with this movies casting, they trippin hard
Dedpool - 1/28/2013, 1:03 PM
Hmms. I don't see him as Rhino but hey why not. I'd actually see him more as a Mysterio or Doc Ock.
AC1 - 1/28/2013, 1:04 PM
Ooh, good choice for Rhino, should be fun seeing him on screen if done right (preferably the ultimate suit), but I hope the film doesn't become over-saturated. Felicity Jones might be a good choice for Betty Brant, it'd probably be a small part anyway so at least the cast wont be too overcrowded. Plus, Betty Brant means the Daily Bugle, which means JJ (hopefully a return for JK Simmons, despite it being a different continuity).
marckos - 1/28/2013, 1:06 PM
NO PLEASE NO! BRING BRYAN CRANSTON WAS J JONA JAMESON
ATrueHero1987 - 1/28/2013, 1:09 PM
Paul Giamatti as The Rhino?! WTF?! Sorry, I'm literally in tears laughing at this,lmao! Really Sony?!

I want to hear that J Jonah Jameson has been casted.
SpideyQuad - 1/28/2013, 1:09 PM
Giamatti is a great great actor. I'd rather they sign great actors, then pretty faces.
StrangerX - 1/28/2013, 1:10 PM
this is getting stupid
TayDee - 1/28/2013, 1:10 PM
OH MY [frick]ING GOD!! Bryan Cranston would be brilliant as Jonah Jameson

And this movie is shaping up to become great. The first was ok, but this sounds epic so far.
AC1 - 1/28/2013, 1:10 PM
This definitely paves the way toward their intentions to set up the Sinister 6. Three villains in the bag already, a possible fourth if you include the Goblin.

Electro and Rhino, Dr Conners is blackmailed into joining the team as Lizard again, plus Goblin, that leaves two more.

Having said that, I'm not sure I want to see the Sinister 6 anyway. With this whole 'Untold Story' thing, they could easily set up a better version of the Venom arc than the last movie attempt, with an amalgamation of the 616 and Ultimate versions (an alien organism turned into a protoplasmic suit by Richard Parker and Curt Conners).
Supes17 - 1/28/2013, 1:11 PM
Paul is a good actor I'm sure he'll do fine
Ranger14 - 1/28/2013, 1:13 PM
Giamatti is a great actor, but one must also fit the part aside from being a great actor. Why must studios always feel they have to compromise just to get a solid actor. Get a solid actor that looks or fits the part. I guess he can man up his voice more and they can CGI him or put him in some type of body suit, but I don't get this one at all. He doesn't scream Rhino to me.
TayDee - 1/28/2013, 1:13 PM
LEVITIKUZ - thats how Gwen was in the comics. She's a pretty boring character, which is why I wasn't so angry when I she died.
GodzillaKart - 1/28/2013, 1:15 PM
Interesting. Giamatti is a fantastic actor, and I'm pumped they are planning to include the Rhino. I wonder what they are planning.
ToTheManInTheColdSweat - 1/28/2013, 1:15 PM
electro, rhino, black cat, goblin, death of gwen stacy? amirite?

well goodluck with that cluster[frick] of a sequel. now i am convinced webb has no [frick]ing idea what he is doing.
devil - 1/28/2013, 1:15 PM
who give a shit about the new spiderman movies
hayyam - 1/28/2013, 1:15 PM
Cast whoever you like, it still would be small for Rhino. Of course, they are gonna use mo-cap suit or animatronic suit. I think it will be awesome.
Drewbee87 - 1/28/2013, 1:16 PM
Great, yet another fully CGI character that will most likely end up looking ridiculous. The Lizard looked OK, but I hated that the actors voice wasn't perfectly synced with the CGI. Hopefully a bigger budget will help to make the Rhino's CGI model better.
AC1 - 1/28/2013, 1:16 PM
@LEVITIKUZ the thing with Dr Conners in the film is that he isn't exactly evil - he has a point in that technically he could be helping humanity by turning them all into Lizards (it's a plot taken right out of the comics) - everyone would look the same, meaning no more prejudices like racism, and everyone would be stronger and more resistant to injury or disease. He's bad though, because it's not his choice to make. And he doesn't exactly become 'bad' anyway - he's addicted to the Lizard.

And I have to disagree about Gwen too, she was there not only as Peter's girlfriend but as a confident too, the only person he trusts. She was far better/more interesting than MJ ever was in Raimi's films.

Fair enough that you didn't like it though, to each their own, just wanted to point that out. And Jamie Foxx is a reason I'm excited for TASM 2 as well, Django Unchained is possibly my favourite movie (not sure whether that's just due to 'new movie excitement' or whether I really rate it that highly, but it'll definitely be in my top 10 if it's not my #1 favourite).
AC1 - 1/28/2013, 1:18 PM
Oh my God... marckos! YES! Bryan Cranston as J.Jonah Jameson! Perfect (or close enough)!
mrHJK - 1/28/2013, 1:18 PM
April Fool's?
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