More casting news from the 2012 Spider-Man film surfaced today, as broken first by The Hollywood Reporter — acting veteran Martin Sheen is in “final negotiations” to play the key role of Peter Parker’s Uncle Ben. Deadline.com is reporting it as a done deal.
It’s the second comic book film for the 70-year-old actor, who played the malevolent Jason Wynn in the 1997 Spawn film. In the 2002 Spider-Man feature, the role of Uncle Ben was played by Cliff Robertson — like Sheen, an award-winning actor (Robertson won a best actor Oscar; Sheen has won an Emmy for a guest spot on Murphy Brown and a Golden Globe for his lead role of Josiah Bartlett on The West Wing).
Uncle Ben, as well known to those familiar with the Spider-Man mythos, plays a key role in the character’s origin — Peter Parker’s failure to stop a burglar who ended up murdering his uncle/father figure led him to embracing the motto of “with great power comes great responsibility.”
It’s a bit of well-timed good news for the Sheen family — Martin’s son, Charlie, has recently been, well, you know.
Martin Sheen joins Andrew Garfield at Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as an as-yet not “officially” announced villain who pretty much everyone has concluded is the Lizard. The film’s helmed by 500 Days of Summer director Marc Webb.