Blurry scans of photos from Entertainment Weekly featuring The Amazing Spider-Man hit the net earlier today and circled around. Now, we can bring you a better look at the film with the official photos. These new images show off most the cast including some new photos of the fresh lead Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. More interestingly, they give us a first look at Sally Field, Martin Sheen and Rhys Ifans.
The Amazing Spider-Man is a reboot of the Sam Raimi-directed franchise which he vacated after difficulties with re-assembling his cast. The film completely wipes the slate clean and is moving in a whole different direction with one new screenwriter (Harry Potter‘s Steve Kloves) and new director, Marc Webb. The first image shows Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Peter Parker’s adoptive parents Uncle Ben and Aunt May, played previously by Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris.
Clearly Webb wanted to keep the gravitas of respected actors in the very comic book setting, and that it is certainly leant to the production by the pedigree of Sheen and Field. The more interesting bit of casting is of Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners, who then through mutation becomes The Lizard. I don’t know if Ifans will make a great scientist, but as someone slightly mad, he’s perfect. Other additions to the cast include Irrfan Khan, Emma Stone (who can be seen in the pics) and Denis Leary.
Other innovations that are being brought in for The Amazing Spider-Man include mechanical web shooters. The old franchise had Tobey Maguire‘s organic web shooters being part of his mutation, this time they are a gadget made by Parker. This is an idea that comes from the comic book and a decision made by Webb, which, one presumes, is something he will explain at Comic Con.
The Amazing Spider-Man is currently going through hefty post-production work, which includes working with 3D. The film was shot in 3D with the new RED Epic camera, the first RED digital camera to have 3D technology built in.
The Amazing Spider-Man is due for release on July 3rd, 2012.