Bunch of new casting news for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Campbell Scott (The Spanish Prisoner), Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire), Annie Parisse (National Treasure) and Julianne Nicholson (Kinsey) have all joined the cast. Scott and Nicholson are said to take the role of Peter Parker’s parents while Khan will play Van Atter and Parisse will play Van Atter’s wife.
Most exciting here is the announcement of the second villain, the first being Rhys Ifans as The Lizard. For those unfamiliar with Van Atter, you can check out the Wikipedia summary below. Apparently though, he becomes a test subject for a chemical developed by Norman Osborn. Of course things go wrong and he becomes the villain Proto-Goblin. Here’s the Wikipedia summary:
It was revealed that soon after Norman had Stromm arrested for embezzlement, he had found only a portion of the notes detailing his partner’s serum. Norman tests the incomplete version of the serum on an Oscorp employee named Nels Van Adder, driving Van Adder slowly insane and beginning his transformation into a red, demon-like being known as the “Proto-Goblin”. Killing several people and blaming Norman for what has happened to him, Adder proceeds to harass and later attempts to kill him before being knocked out a window in Oscorp by Arthur and George Stacy and fleeing into the wild. In order to escape conviction for what he had done to Van Adder, Norman convinces the police that Van Adder had been experimenting on himself, and that he had secretly been trying to help him. Van Adder’s current fate remains unrevealed.
Sounds kind of interesting. I’m not too thrilled with the casting choices, to be honest, I’m not familiar with any of them. That being said, the film is shaping up nicely and I’m sure these casting choices are appropriate, I just would have liked to have seen a higher profile actor take the other villain role.