Marc Webb's New 'Spider-Man' Won't Have a J. Jonah Jameson?
We just got our first look at The Social Network star Andrew Garfield in full costume as Spider-Man for Marc Webb's new web-slinging franchise. Since filming is under way, and most of the major characters have been cast to include the likes of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field as Aunt May and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, people seem to have forgotten about a role many were concerned about being re-cast. Because J.K. Simmons did such an amazing job playing The Daily Bugle editor-in-chief J. Jonah Jameson in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man franchise, we've been wondering who might replace him. Now we may have an answer.
According to IGN, the perpetually grouchy, cheap and loudmouthed newspaper head will not be appearing in this franchise reboot. Well, he won't be appearing in the first film anyway. Rumors (which we didn't report on) awhile back pegged John Slattery ("Mad Men") and Sam Elliot (The Big Lebowski) as potential candidates, but it sounds like they weren't true after all. This makes sense considering the film is well into production and we haven't heard one iota of solid information about casting the character.
However, IGN is quick to point out that this does not mean The Daily Bugle does not play a party in the film since new set photos have shown the newspaper delivery vans nearby. This is definitely a bit disappointing, but with the story including Peter Parker's parents and two villains, the movie does seem crowded already. If anything changes we'll be sure to let you know, but for now we may have to wait to see J. Jonah Jameson later in this new Spider-Man franchise. Disappointed?