Just hours after it was announced that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in Columbia Pictures’ new Spider-Man movie, Heat Vision reports Sally Field is in early talks to portray Aunt May.
Additionally, The Wrap, which last month reported that Rhys Ifans will be the Lizard in the reboot, now confirms that Mary Jane Watson won’t appear in the movie and was never featured in James Vanderbilt’s screenplay.
May Parker was frequently depicted in Marvel comics as a frail, frequently ailing, widow who worried fussed over her nephew as much as he worried about her. However, in Ultimate Spider-Man, which is expected to serve as inspiration for director Marc Webb, Aunt May is a strong and independent woman significantly younger than her Marvel Universe counterpart. The role was played by Rosemary Harris in Sam Raimi’s three Spider-Man movies.
The 63-year-old Field, who won Academy Awards for Norma Rae and Places in the Heart, stars in the ABC drama Brothers & Sisters. In Spider-Man she’ll join a cast that includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and, of course, Sheen and Ifans.
Spider-Man is expected to begin shooting in December for a planned July 3, 2012, release.