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Martin Sheen In Talks To Play Uncle Ben In Spider-Man Reboot

Veteran actor Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in Columbia Pictures' Spider-Man reboot, Heat Vision reports.

First appearing, if only briefly, in August 1962's Amazing Fantasy #15, Ben Parker helped to raise Peter Parker, and instilled his nephew with a sense of responsibility. His death at the hands of a burglar put Spider-Man on the path of heroism. The role was played in the first three Spider-Man movies by Cliff Robertson.

The 70-year-old Sheen, star of Apocalypse Now, Gettysburg and The West Wing, will join Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as an unnamed villain.

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Directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), the untitled Spider-Man movie is expected to begin shooting in December for a planned July 3, 2012, release.

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