We learned late last year that Jamie Foxx was in talks to play Electro in Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man, but it wasn’t entirely clear at the time if he would be the sole villain in the movie. Now this week we have learned that there will be at least one more baddie on the prowl and it isn’t the Green Goblin. No, instead it looks like we’re getting the result of another genetic experiment involving human and animal DNA: The Rhino. Paul Giamatti is reportedly circling the role with Felicity Jones also potentially taking on a second unspecified role in the film.
According to THR, Paul Giamatti is in talks to play Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich aka The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The character has nearly indestrucable skin, super strength and super speed, and in the comics he also wore a special suit that made him even more impervious to attacks. Whether or not the suit will make an appearance remains to be seen. The role is a dream come true for Giamatti, who was apparently a big fan of the character when he was a kid and publicly stated that he wanted to play the role in a couple of interviews (including one with Conan O’Brien).
Many fans still suspect that this is all leading to the formation of the Sinister Six (even though The Rhino was not one of the original members), but could so many villains be a problem? Could this all result in a repeat of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3? Adding fuel to the fire, some are saying that Felicity Jones might be playing the Black Cat. After all, the character’s real name is Felicia. Coincidence??? Who knows. How do you feel about this latest casting announcement for The Amazing Spider-Man 2?