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Martin Sheen Cast as Uncle Ben in Marc Webb's New Spider-Man

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November 4, 2010
Source: Heat Vision

Martin Sheen / Uncle Ben

Now this superhero reboot is coming along quite nicely, if I might say. Heat Vision reports that 70-year-old Golden Globe winning actor Martin Sheen, last seen in Imagine That and Love Happens, has been cast in Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot at Sony as the lovable Uncle Ben. I really hope I don't need to explain to anyone who Uncle Ben is, but if you need a recap, head over to Wikipedia. Sheen joins a cast that includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as, according to The Wrap, the villain known as The Lizard. Shooting on the new Spider-Man will start in December for a 2012 3D release.

Spoiler: Sheen is probably going to be killed in this movie. Unless they somehow decide to twist and extend the story, so that doesn't happen until the sequel, but come on. I'm just making a joke, because we all know that Uncle Ben's "death at the hands of a burglar is the key event that turns Parker" into the heroic, friendly Spidey we all know and love. Since this news first hit, there have been debates on twitter about Sheen being a good choice, but I like him. He's a great actor who will bring plenty of charisma to this, which is definitely key. Now I wonder who they'll cast as Aunt May, as she is yet another very important Spider-Man character.

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  • SnootchieBoochies
    im liking it. as long as the movie is better than spidey 2 and 3 i will be happy.
  • movie mike
    Oh...my....god! I have a great idea! instead of this....we get the guy who did the evil dead movies to this! He was a spider man fan! he'l have a great vision. And that kid from wonder boys.....what was his name......oh ya! Tobey Maguire! He would be a great Spider Man don't you think? Let's drop this crap and go with that. Who agrees?
  • LINKFX
    @ movie mike, live in the present. Those movies happened, that cast and crew had their moment. Honestly, I think it'll be cool to have a new (web)spin haha...on things. However Martin Sheen has been creepy and psychotic in way too many movies to take him seriously as Uncle Ben.
  • Xerxex
    cool.
  • Jimmy Love
    Sony knows this is gonna suck so they hire a big name actor to "try" to bring people in. The SONY SPIDER will be the next big...turd
  • LINKFX
    @ Jimmy Love, Ummm the last Spider-mans were at sony as well Dumas
  • Jericho
    ok not bad but how many people notice he looks like the character?
  • Jo momma
    I wonder if he's signed on for sequels.
  • As I mention on my blog I think this is great casting(along with Field) and the more I hear about this movie the better I think it sounds. While this franchise should sleep for a while instead of being rebooted there's a tremendous amount of actual talent involved and I'm looking forward to this.
  • croniccris
    bouch
  • SkaOreo
    @2 I'd agree with you if this was two months ago. But it's hard to stay uninterested when so many good actors are jumping on this film.
  • L
    Im sure this will be pretty good, but Spider-man 1 and 2 were awesome and CURRENT. There is NEVER, EVER be a better J. Jonas Jamieson than J. K. Simmons. Never.
  • ryderup
    Martin Sheen has a great warmth to him. I dig this casting! Don't trust the movie yet, but this I like!
  • Akirakorn
    @12 I agree on J. K. Simmons Am I the ONLY one that remembers the last time Martin Sheen did a comic book movie? I wonder if they'll give the evil hero/villain a kid and/or puppy to humanize him... despite the fact the hero/villain is supposed to be a cold-blooded killer. Oh wait they did do that in Spawn (homeless kid + puppy) AND Spiderman 3 (Sandman's son). Honesty I'm shocked it's not Taylor Lautner, Miley Cryus, and Simon Cowell in this movie. Oh and Auntie Madea and Uncle 'Hoff. Okay David Hasselhoff as Uncle Ben would be awesome.
  • Bash
    I so hope this movie bombs and, in doing so, sends a message to all studios that movie goers refuse to be ripped off by re-boots so soon after the original.
  • Voice of Reason
    Diggin it.
  • The Kidd
    Martin Sheen can't pull off a warm loving father figure. I just can't see it at all. A very poor casting choice. He just seems like a huge jerk, and not that good of an actor.
  • The Kidd
    I do think Sally Fields will be an excellent Aunt Mae. She is an awesome actress. I have never watched the show she is in now, and have no desire to. She need to be back in the movies.
  • Good choice to pick him. To repeat what others say, JK Simmons is the only one who deserves to reprise his role. The others can fuck off. It´s hard to let someone else portray a better JJJ. We´ll see what this movie brings. The first movie was okay, the rest sucked. Especially the third one with the neo-goblin or somethin like that, fuck that shit
  • Anyone remember when Sony said they WEREN'T going to redo the origin? Yeeeeaaahh...that lasted long.
  • A5J4DX
    not bad

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