The web spun to catch name actors for supporting roles in Sony's incoming "Spider-Man" movie relaunch just caught another name.
The Hollywood Reporter has word that Denis Leary is in negotiations to play Captain Stacey in the still untitled Spidey film set to debut in 2012. As the father of Emma Stone's Gwen Stacey, the police captain's inclusion in the film draws hints about its plot further towards a Silver Age construction of the Spider-Man mythos even though the tone of the high school-era film is expected to be in line with Marvel's more recent "Ultimate Spider-Man" treatment of the teen hero (this time played by Andrew Garfield).
Leary, who since 2004 has been earning acclaim as a New York City firefighter in FX's drama "Rescue Me," will join the (still unconfirmed officially) stars Sally Field and Martin Sheen as Peter Parker's Aunt May and Uncle Ben. Meanwhile, Rhys Ifans is on as an unnamed villain (largely assumed to be the Lizard).
Directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and Alvin Sargent, the still-untitled reboot is set to begin filming in December for release on July 3, 2012.