‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Wants Paul Giamatti as the Rhino!

Felicity Jones is also in talks for an unspecified role in director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel.

Paul Giamatti is in talks to join The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as The Rhino
Paul Giamatti is in talks to join The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as The Rhino
Paul Giamatti is in talks to join the upcoming superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as The Rhino. Actress Felicity Jones (Like Crazy) is also in negotiations for an unspecified role.

The Amazing Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are returning as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. New cast members include Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Shailene Woodley as Mary-Jane Watson, and Jamie Foxx as Electro.

The Rhino character first appeared in the Marvel comic Amazing Spider-Man #41 in 1966, as a Soviet thug who wore a superhuman suit that made him virtually indestructible, while giving him super strength and speed. The part is a dream role for Paul Giamatti, who spoke highly of the character in a March 2011 interview with ShowbizSpy

"I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, 'Why don't they have The Rhino in one of their movies,' but maybe The Rhino wasn't that big of a deal for anybody but me...If they ever go with The Rhino I would be ready and waiting."

Marc Webb is directing The Amazing Spider-Man 2 from a screenplay by Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman, and Jeff Pinkner. Production is slated to begin next month.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: Heat Vision Blog

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  1. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Eh, you might have a point. Ten years it is, then. I've only seen about 6-8 episodes of Monster, but I see your point. I'll elaborate on the subject once I watch more of the said show.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Two things. One, you're use of nostalgia is technically right, but also wrong. Smallville is still too fresh, and @corey is still too young for that show to have a nostalgic feel to it. If he says the same thing in ten years, then yeah, you can definitely label him as nostalgic. Second, I love the slow burn of Monster. Johan is far more creepier than Light. He's not even trying to fool himself the way Light did; Johan is straight up evil.

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  3. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- You really aren't that involved in this website anymore, because if you were, you'd know I don't read reviews anymore. Anime isn't my thing either, and I f*cking love Death Note. I was very skeptical, even after seeing the high ratings and praise online. Needless to say, the reception was warranted.

    That. Makes. So. Much. Sense! You have a soft spot for Smallville, and it's the most vulnerable kind: Nostalgia. Nostalgia may quite possibly be the most biased thing in the world. When you've watched, played, or accompanied anything in your childhood, or for most of your life, etc., you grow this strong bond with it. You can't help but think great things about it, because they hold such intimate memories. Even in your adulthood, you can't differentiate quality from fond memories. And while this may not always be the case [Nostalgia ruling all], it's definitely the case in this scenario.

    @ejk1 -- Need to watch Code Geass, and finish Monster. Albeit, from what I've seen of Monster, I wasn't impressed. It's a decent show, but the dialogue and forced emotional and psychological elements really tamper the show.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Corey W.

    @ejk1 Anime isn't my thing so I wouldn't rave about it, but I'm sure there are some great anime shows out there. As for Smallville, I grew up with the show. I watched the show from the time I was seven to when it ended. Ten years of my life right there. I think it's the first show I ever watched from the day it started to the day it ended. So it does mean a lot to me. Most great shows like that I usually start in their second or third season after catching up with the DVSDs. So having grown up with the show, it's something you'll see me rave about for the rest of my life.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  5. ejk1

    @corey@XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Smallville is a good show, but I would not call it one of the best of the past decade. It had a definite formulaic method to it, but it was done with loving care. The show is a solid "B."

    Death Note isn't lame in any way, but the second half of the show was very inferior to the first half. A great show for the most part, but other anime, such as Code Geass and Monster, outpace it.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  6. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx If you think I make statements that are "too bold" then don't read my reviews, it's really as simple as that.

    For drama, I'd have to go with Friday Night Lights over Breaking Bad, but that doesn't mean I don't like BB almost just as equally. I just always connected with FNL characters more emotionally and got more out of it.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Eh, I don't know about that. At least when talking to me, you still have your prized possession and integrity intact. You can give your opinion, and I'll give mine. What's the big deal? You sure had something to say when I didn't like "Argo", among others. When you throw a bunch of movie fanatics in one place, sh*t is bound to hit the fan; it comes with the territory.

    Yes, and no. When you look at writing, consistence, acting, direction, editing, etc., you'll easily be able to come up with a top-5, or maybe even top-3. But, if you want to be partially definite, you choose by genres. So, in the drama department, Breaking Bad might just be the King.

    But, if there's anyone that's making bold statements, it's you. Not trying to start anything, but you've made some pretty damn (seemingly) bold statements in your reviews.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey You'll enjoy Season 4

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  9. the Narrator

    Good idea, @ChiRep-1. Let me know the results when you come back to it. (:

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  10. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Talking to you might be worse than sticking my own dick through a meat grinder. I, or anyone else, just can't state a single opinion without you plaguing this website, lol.

    Breaking Bad is pretty great though. I honestly can't comment. I'm only on season three. But so far I'm not diggin' the third season as much as I did the first two. But it is more than "good", you're right about that. As far as greatest show of all-time, there is no such thing. The statement is far too bold for the title to be given to any series. BB is up there though, at least from what I've seen. So we agree on that.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  11. ChiRep_1

    Bookmarked this article just to see how accurate/inaccurate we all were regarding the casting/film.. We shall reflect in a year and a half's time folks :)

    2 years agoby @ChiRep-1Flag

  12. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- [Smallville] It's one of those shows that teen girls would turn on and watch with glee. I'm very surprised you actually like it. Terrible dialogue, corny/awkward moments, mediocre performances, and tedious plot scenarios. How many f*cking times was kryptonite used against him, only for him to conquer it?

    Death Note is much of a slow-burn; if you haven't watched more than 8-episodes, you won't know it's true magic. F*cking awesome show. But, let me guess, it was too 'boring' for you. Yeah, I figured.

    Funny you say that, as the latest seasons topped it in some ways. I kind of get where you're coming from, though. I think it's funny you used the term 'good' to describe what many proclaim as one of - if not THE - greatest shows of all-time.

    True, but before that the show was great. The Office was one of the funniest shows around, but it overstayed it's welcome, and fell well off the mark.

    Really? You rave over Smallville, but diss Misfits? How many episodes have you actually watched? I understand opinions, but from a technical aspect, Misfits is better in just about every way. Excluding the Christmas special and season 3.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  13. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Smallville has a large fan-base and has been a huge show of the past ten years or more. And I've seen all those shows.

    Death Note? Super lame, not my thing

    Breaking Bad? Good show but I can't wait for it to end. First two seasons have been tough for the show to top.

    The Office? The show has sucked the last four seasons.

    Misfits? Oh please. You're just speaking in terms of your own opinion now.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Lol. If I remember correctly, it wasn't on any list I've ever looked up, which validates my dismay. I don't know what shows you've been watching, but if you want 'best of the decade', try watching the following:


    Breaking Bad.

    The Office (US and UK).

    Arrested Development.

    Death Note.

    After watching those shows, come back to me.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus Yeah, true. I'm sure we'll find Parker living on his own in NYC by at least half way through the film, or at least have it set up by the end. He needs to work at the Bugle at some point.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  16. Corey W.

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Smallville is one of the best shows of the past decade. I wouldn't be so quick to down it. But downing things is kind of your thing so I won't hold it against you.

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  17. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @corey True. Can't argue there, but but he went straight to college once he turned 27-28 and it was showing, especially for a guy who gradually increased in size with each season. Which, is kind of the point that is being made in this thread

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  18. Nicholaus XX

    @corey -- Goes to show how silly Smallville really was.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  19. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus You like Smallville don't you? Welling was in his late twenties when Smallville started and he was playing a freshman. I don't see any complaints about that. Garfield doesn't even look older than a senior. He plays it off fine. People need to quit bitching.

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  20. the Narrator

    Not to jump into this, but I definitely agree that they should move the story to college. It'd be leagues more age appropriate, it'd be practical for off-screen character development to have passed, and it'd eventually (hopefully) allow the filmmakers to take the characters beyond the trilogy mindset and give me Teacher!Parker.

    Also, I find it slightly disgusting that Garfield is a few years older than me and passes as my kid brother's classmate. Never thought of it in that context before. :P

    And lastly, Susan Coffey is a f*cking dream girl made reality for some lucky bloke (or she-bloke). I mentioned in the past that she'd make a fine MJ, physically speaking, but as pointed our below, we have no way of gauging her raw acting ability.

    2 years agoby @narratorFlag

  21. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Gotcha.

    @bawnian-dexeus -- That's kind of surprising, but I was talking about the casting as a whole.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  22. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Well, in Easy A, she was around 18-19 so she could get away with it. Dunno if that's what you were making a point of or arguing against. Didin't read much of the below arguments

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  23. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx No, not if they don't remove them from high school. Garfield isn't in his mid twenties anymore; he'll be 30 in August, and looks closer to his age than high school age. Cassidy and Stone as well. Put the next film in college, and okay, that's acceptable. Leave it in high school, and it's a little ridiculous.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  24. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- Agreed. Hence why I had a major issue with "Easy A".

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  25. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- The second was my question. All right, so to clarify, as long as they casted Cassidy instead of Woodley, you'd forgive their age shortcomings as a whole?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    If we're talking about age, the way I see it, regardless of how baby their face appears, after 22 is pushing it for a high-school role.

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Eye raising how? Because she's too young for him, or that she's too old to be in high school as well? In regards to the first part, I think their close enough to being in the same age bracket. As for the second, Cassidy being too old for the role is insignificant since the film was already established with older actors in key roles BEFORE she got there (Garfiled, Stone). The fact that they would say she's too old to play MJ after the fact of hiring Garfield and Stone would be ridiculously disingenuous.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  28. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @ejk1 Well, and I don't mean to insult the character, but other than being a love interest, how important does she need to be?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  29. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- I think if she got the hang of it, she'd be a natural. But, that's not the case for many, as @ejk1 pointed out. But, they're bombshells; which was my counter against yours. Are you telling me Garfield's age is eye-raising, but Cassidy's doesn't matter?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

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