Thomas Haden Church Case as New Spider-Man Archenemy

Posted on April 4, 2005

Thomas Haden Church, who was most recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in Sideways, has been cast as Spider-Man's new archenemy in the next chapter of the Spider-Man adventure, it was announced by director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studios' Avi Arad. Spider-Man 3 is scheduled for release on May 4, 2007. The franchise has grossed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales. The new film will again reteam director Raimi, producers Ziskin and Arad, and actors Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Kirsten Dunst as M.J. Production on Spider-Man 3 is scheduled to begin early next year. The identity of the new villain is being kept secret and while speculation is rampant about which character is being called into action, the studio will not comment on the casting beyond confirming Church.

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