I never thought I’d live to type this but here goes: Paul Giamatti is in talks to star as The Rhino in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. You read that right. This is all sorts of surprising and all sorts of awesome.
The scoop comes from THR who also say Felicity Jones is in talks for a role. If Giamatti landed the job, he’d be part of an already-large cast consisting of Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx. Of that cast, Foxx is definitely a villain (Electro) and DeHaan (playing Harry Osborne) might become a baddie later on down the line. Giamatti’s Rhino would absolutely be a nemesis so that means the movie will have at least two bad guys for Spidey to tangle with. You can already sense people fearing another “overstuffed” SPIDER-MAN flick.
Giamatti is some inspired casting. It goes without saying that he’s one of the best actors alive. He brings such talent, commitment and humanity to every role he takes on. It would be fun (and a bit surreal) to see him in a big superhero blockbuster. Let’s hope The Rhino gets a better treatment than The Lizard did in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. While great to look at, the character was flat and had one of the dumbest villainous plots in movie history. Giamatti deserves better. Giamatti deserves the best.
For those who don’t know, The Rhino is a Soviet criminal who wears a powerful suit that makes him super strong and super fast. Okay, imagine Paul Giamatti dressed in the costume pictured below. You’re excited for this right?