March 23, 2005
Church Tapped to Square Off Against Spidey
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Filmmakers have unveiled Spider-Man's newest nemesis, who will be played by Thomas Haden Church. Just which villain he'll play remains a mystery, though.
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, which announced Church as the bad guy for "Spider-Man 3" on Tuesday, were keeping mum on the actual character he will bring to life from the many enemies the superhero has fought in the comic-book series.
With Tobey Maguire returning as the hero and Kirsten Dunst back as girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson, "Spider-Man 3" begins filming early next year and is due in theaters May 4, 2007.
Church follows Willem Dafoe as the Green Goblin in "Spider-Man" and Alfred Molina as Doc Ock in "Spider-Man 2."
"In addition to the ongoing relationship between Peter Parker and M.J., these films are driven by the great actors who have brought our villains to life," said Sam Raimi, director of the "Spider-Man" flicks. "Thomas Haden Church will be a fantastic and challenging new nemesis."
A co-star in the 1990s sit-com "Wings," Church earned a supporting-actor Academy Award nomination for his role as a randy bachelor on a last fling in the road-trip tale "Sideways."