In the last Spider-Man movie, Alfred Molina added acting credibility when he was brought in to play Doc Ock so I think bringing in Church will be adding more great acting chops to my favourite super hero franchise. Church was awesome in Sideways and as much as I like Morgan Freeman, Church should have won for Best-Supporting Actor.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Filmmakers have unveiled Spider-Man's newest nemesis, who will be played by Thomas Haden Church. Just which villain he'll play remains a mystery, though.
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, which announced Church as the bad guy for Spider-Man 3 on Tuesday, were keeping mum on the actual character he will bring to life from the many enemies the superhero has fought in the comic-book series.
With Tobey Maguire returning as the hero and Kirsten Dunst back as girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson, Spider-Man 3 begins filming early next year and is due in theatres May 4, 2007.
Church follows Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin in Spider-Man and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in Spider-Man 2.
"In addition to the ongoing relationship between Peter Parker and M.J., these films are driven by the great actors who have brought our villains to life," said Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man flicks. "Thomas Haden Church will be a fantastic and challenging new nemesis."
A co-star in the 1990s sit-com Wings, Church earned a supporting-actor Academy Award nomination for his role as a randy bachelor on a last fling in the road-trip tale Sideways.