With Rhys Ifans, Andrew Garfield, and Emma Stone already cast in the new Spiderman reboot, it’s interesting to see that two of the other biggest characters in the Spiderman world, Uncle Ben and Aunt May, have been cast in quick succession. Also, there’s been some other casting rumors surrounding one of the other biggest characters in the Spiderman world. It was announced by The Hollywood Reporter today that Martin Sheen will be playing the role of Uncle Ben and Sally Field will be playing Aunt May. Despite how you feel or what you know about the two actors, it’s great news for the film because as I said a couple of weeks ago with the other bit of casting news, they’re not going with the most popular actors, they’re obviously choosing the ones they think are the best. Martin Sheen has been in the acting game for over 40 years now, carrying huge parts in movies like Catch Me If You Can, Wall Street, JFK, and numerous other movies. However, if you wanna see what this guy at his full potential, rent The Departed on DVD. The guy’s definitely experienced in the acting world and it’ll be interesting to see his “classical” take on the guy. To give you some perspective, Martin Sheen is 17 years younger than Cliff Robertson, the original Uncle Ben who is now 87. You may recognize Sally Field from Boniva commercials, but she’s actually been acting longer than Sheen, even though she’s only 63. It’s interesting to think about how Webb is going with a much younger looking actress to play the part of Aunt May, which may mean they’re interpreting the character differently. I’m excited to see how they can paint that relationship in a different way when Aunt May’s a little bit younger. Sally Field played the mom in Mrs. Doubtfire, has a recurring role on the ABC series Brothers and Sisters, and was part of the original Smokey and the Bandit. Even though I still wish Betty White would play Aunt May, these two actors seem like great fits, and only get me more excited for the movie.
Finally, some rumors have been going around about who’s going to play the role of Peter Parker’s fast-talking, cigar-chomping boss, J. J. Jameson. J. K. Simmons effortlessly played the character in all three of Raimi’s Spiderman movies, and gave the character a hilarious shadow to stand in for whoever’s going to take the part now. Webb has confirmed Simmons unfortunately will not be involved in the new film, but names like Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski/That Mustache Guy From Ghost Rider) and John Slattery (Mad Men) are on the short list. This is honestly going to be one of the hardest roles to cast in the movie, and they’re not only going to have to meet the expectation of that character, but also get somebody good enough so that we’re not constantly comparing them to Simmons’ take. That either means we’ll have to take a different style to the comedic side (maybe a Ron Swanson style like in Parks and Recreation) or maybe something more dry.