Denis Leary in Marc Webb's 'Spider-Man' as Capt. George Stacy
At the beginning of the month we found out that Martin Sheen and Sally Field has joined Marc Webb's new iteration of Spider-Man as Uncle Ben and Aunt May, the parental figures in Peter Parker's life. Now it looks like another supporting cast member has popped up on the side of love interest Gwen Stacy's family. Heat Vision reports comedian/actor Denis Leary ("Rescue Me") is negotiating to join the superhero franchise reboot as Captain George Stacy, Gwen's father and police officer who frequently came into contact with Spider-Man in the comic books. He becomes quite a point of contention between Stacy and Parker, but the reason has spoilers.
In the comic books, George Stacy died in an accident during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, an event that led Gwen Stacy to hate the hero. Since we've heard The Lizard is the villain Rhys Ifans will be playing, it's unlikely this exact fate will fall upon Stacy, but his life may certainly be in danger to create some real tension between our would-be lovers. I've always been a fan of Leary's comedy, and you may know his dramatic work measures up to high standards as well if you've ever seen the FX series "Rescue Me" (and if you haven't, all the seasons are on Netflix Instant). Now if we could just find out who will actually play Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson, that'd be some great news. Stay tuned.