February 6, 2006

Father’s Day for Cromwell in ‘Spidey 3′

By Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel

LOS ANGELES -- James Cromwell is set to walk the beat in "Spider-Man 3" as Captain Stacy, the father of Bryce Dallas Howard's character.

Sam Raimi is directing the Columbia Pictures movie, which is scheduled to roll this month.

In the "Amazing Spider-Man" comic books, Stacy dies a heroic death as he saves a child during a battle between Spider-Man and another supervillain. Peter Parker love interest Gwen Stacy (Howard) ends up blaming Spider-Man for her father's death.

Cromwell joins returning cast members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco as well as Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church and Theresa Russell.

Cromwell is best known for starring in the "Babe" movies, the first of which earned him an Oscar nomination for best supporting actor, and as a villain in "L.A. Confidential." His recent role on "Six Feet Under" earned him an Emmy mention in 2003.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter