Denis Leary To Play Captain Stacy In <i>Spider-Man</i> Reboot

Denis Leary is in talks to play Gwen Stacy's father in Columbia Pictures' new Spider-Man movie, Heat Vision reports.

In Marvel comics continuity, George Stacy is a retired New York City police captain who encourages his daughter's relationship with Peter Parker and defends Spider-Man from his detractors. He was killed in November 1970's Amazing Spider-Man #90 while saving a child from falling debris during a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, leading Gwen to hate the wall-crawler. The character was played in 2007's Spider-Man 3 by James Cromwell.

Leary, the 53-year-old comedian turned actor and writer, has starred in the FX series Rescue Me since 2004. He also appeared in HBO's Recount and provided the voice of Diego in the three Ice Age movies.

He'll join a cast that includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as an unnamed villain (reported to be the Lizard) and, although still unofficially, Martin Sheen and Sally Field as Ben and May Parker.

Directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Alvin Sargent (Spider-Man 2 and 3), the still-untitled reboot is set to begin filming in December for release on July 3, 2012.

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