Charlie Sheen’s battle with addiction has been making headlines recently, but that hasn’t stopped his dad, acting veteran Martin Sheen, from making some news of his own. The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog reports that the elder Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in Sony’s unnamed Spider-Man franchise reboot.
As Peter Parker’s wise-but-doomed father figure, Sheen would join Andrew Garfield as Peter/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the unnamed villain rumored to be the Lizard. Sally Field is reportedly in early talks to play Aunt May.
I’m still not totally sold on the idea of rehashing Spider-Man’s origin story just ten years after the first film hit theaters, but this is shaping up to be a stellar cast. Let’s hope director Marc Webb makes the most of the talent on his hands when he starts shooting next month.
The film is slated for release on July 3, 2012.