Okay now out of all the news coming out surrounding The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this has to be the most surprising to me, way more than Jamie Foxx’s involvement as Electro. When I saw the headline for the article I was totally like “What? No way!” Totally took me by surprise. Anyway here is the article from superherohype for you to read:
“It looks like Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man will be getting another new villain! The Hollywood Reporter says that Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino in the May 2, 2014 film. It’s also being reported that Felicity Jones is in talks for an undisclosed role.
The alter-ego of Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich, the Rhino first appeared in 1966’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” #41. A former low-key thug, an experiment grafted a nearly-indestructible polymer to Aleksei’s skin, making him nearly unstoppable.
Giamatti appeared last in year in a variety of projects like Rock of Ages, Cosmopolis and John Dies at the End. Jones, meanwhile, is well known for roles in films like The Tempest and Like Crazy.
Already set to star Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan and Martin Sheen, the new chapter in the Spider-Man saga was already confirmed to see the debut of Electro (Foxx) and Mary Jane Watson (Woodley).”
Now while Rhino isn’t really one of my favourite Spidey villains, I do have respect for certain incarnations of the character like in Spider-Man: The Animated Series or The Spectacular Spider-Man TV Series. But to have him put into live-action? No, no, no. That just doesn’t sound like a good idea, I can just imagine the suit and the character being butchered. Plus what’s the deal with getting Paul Giamatti involved with this role? Now don’t get me wrong Paul Giamatti is a great actor and from what I’ve seen him in he is very versatile, but as someone like Rhino I couldn’t see Giamatti taking on that kind of persona especially because he’s so dimwitted. As for Felicity Jones I’m not familiar with her but there’s a rumour of her potentially playing Betty Brant, if that’s the case then that be badass because she looks the part although a bit young in appearance for my liking. But otherwise she’s fine.