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Paul Giamatti in Talks to Play Rhino in 'Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

Spider-Man is going to have his hands full in the next movie.

It's been a little bit since there's been any updates on the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. The last we heard was casting updates for Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane and Jamie Foxx as Electro. Now it looks like Electro won't be the only villain in the sequel.

The Hollywood Reporter exclusively announced that Paul Giamatti is in talks to play the Rhino.

With this announcement, there are a couple questions. The first is "How do you stop a rhino from charging?" The second is what role is Felicity Jones in talks for?

It seems Giamatti professed his interest in the Rhino back in March 2011. He said the following to 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.

Production is set to begin in February.

As for how you stop a rhino from charging, I think everyone knows, you take away his credit card.

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Posted by wr3h

@The Average Bear: I can see the easy potential of humanizing Rhino. Rhino was a small time crook wanting to get money for himself. Maybe they could use a method similar to what they did in SM3, by humanizing Sandman.

Posted by SoA
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Posted by AmazingWebHead

I'm curious, is the video game canon?

Posted by The Average Bear

@wr3h said:

@The Average Bear: I can see the easy potential of humanizing Rhino. Rhino was a small time crook wanting to get money for himself. Maybe they could use a method similar to what they did in SM3, by humanizing Sandman.

If only they had done a better job at that

Posted by jwalser3

@Or35ti said:

Does anyone else see Electro staging a prison break that leads to the Rhino's escape?

That would be awesome!

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@wr3h: I don't know man. I hope you're right. I'd probably enjoy seeing Spidey fight 6 villains more than I would the Avengers fight scenes. They don't all have to be humanized I guess. And he doesn't have to fight all 6 at the same time either. I'm skeptical if they announce it. I think it'd be better to have electro and rhino in this one and do the sinister 6 in the next one with good old Gobby leading them.

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@The Average Bear said:

@wr3h said:

@The Average Bear: I can see the easy potential of humanizing Rhino. Rhino was a small time crook wanting to get money for himself. Maybe they could use a method similar to what they did in SM3, by humanizing Sandman.

If only they had done a better job at that

haha.

minus the uncle ben retcon then.

Posted by wr3h

@jwalser3 said:

@Or35ti said:

Does anyone else see Electro staging a prison break that leads to the Rhino's escape?

That would be awesome!

:O

Posted by HansBoy4TehWin

Paul Giamatti would be great for the role... if he was a tank-of-a-man badass. He's still cool, though, just not as the Rhino.

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@SoA said:

Ultimate Rhino

Yeah.....

Can still see this work though

:D

8:53.

Posted by queenfrost_

spider-man 3

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After the mid-credits scene from the end of ASM, my theory for ASM2 was that Norman Osborne would put together the Sinister Six to test the limits of Spider-Man's abilities. They just made a movie with multiple heroes work with Avengers, so it seems to me the next logical step would be to succeed where other movies have failed at the multiple villain angle. If Marvel pulled it off where others couldn't, it'd be almost as big of a success for the genre as Avengers was. Story-wise, it would make sense too, as it's already been shown that Norman Osborn has a morally depraved background. It's not that unreasonable he wouldn't have sketchy contacts amongst the criminal underworld (like Rhino, Shocker, Mysterio, Vulture, Chameleon, Sandman, Doc Ock, etc.). Him buying them off to test/capture/kill Spider-Man and failing at it as Norman observes from a distance would be the PERFECT set-up for him being the shadowy string-puller nemesis that he is, while also giving him the opening to build himself up to specifically outmatch Peter's strengths and strategically strike at his weaknesses.

Posted by BiteMe-Fanboy

YES!

Jamie Foxx/Electro isn't enough.

Posted by sky-pirate

@spinningbirdcake: The first X-Men movie introduced Wolverine, Cyclops, Storm, Jean Grey, Professor Xavier, Rogue, Iceman (granted, in a smaller role), Magneto, Toad, Mystique and Sabretooth. They introduced cross-species genetics in TASM and will likely have continue with that theme, so we won't have to tackle multiple origins.

Posted by OmgOmgWtfWtf

I don't like the cast choices at all. They hire some great actors, but for wrong roles, then they hire tv actors for important roles....Ohh lawd giv me strenf fa dis endeavor.

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@OmgOmgWtfWtf said:

I don't like the cast choices at all. They hire some great actors, but for wrong roles, then they hire tv actors for important roles....Ohh lawd giv me strenf fa dis endeavor.

OH LAWD PLZ

LAWD PLZ ACCPET THIS WOMAN'S PLEA

HER PLEA OF HOPE AND STRENGTH

OHHHHH LAWDIE LAWD

Posted by SoA

@wr3h: EXACTLY , same with electro that's why i do not understand why people are saying no or it can't happen.

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Posted by fables87

I'm not digging this casting for the villains at all.

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Posted by wr3h

@SoA: I know!

People need to see it to make a full opinion.

¬¬

Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Here I was enjoying my burrito and I came upon this. I can stomach Jamie Foxx (love some of his films, but after bragging about the racist antic of Django Unchained I've given up) as Electro, if they change up EVERYTHING about him, but freaking Rhino? Giamatti, whose last decent film was chasing Frankie Muniz through Universal Studios, playing a character like that instead of a real hard ass actor (Ron Perlman, maybe for the voice. I'd personally like to see one of the lesser known WWE guys play big horns.) I hope this travesty involves the plating suit. The hybrid idea spit in the face of the qualities I actually liked about the guy (funny antics in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and John DiMaggio voicing him in the Spider-Man 2 game).

Posted by SoA

@wr3h: yup

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Posted by Fuchsia_Nightingale

Is it gonna be Flowers for Rhino, Rhino ? hehe I love Paul

Posted by Fiona_Hewie

OK, as long as they keep consistency with The Amazing Spider-Man video game, since Rhino was in that.

Posted by snootchie_bootchies

this sounds very very dumb. paul giamatti is a great actor, but not for the Rhino. Too bad Michael Clarke Duncan died....

Anyway, someone mentioned the Sinister Six and I would be cool with that.

Posted by FiguredOut95

@zachkastner said:

It will probably be Ultimate R.H.I.N.O. and he's a man in a metal rhino suit.

This could work.

this

Posted by Matchstick

This could work! Sounds like a fantastic choice!

Posted by spinningbirdcake

@sky-pirate: Yeah X-Men did do that. I suppose I'm thinking along of the lines of giving the enemy the depth and back story that they gave Conners in Spider-Man. In X-Men, They introduced all those characters but didn't give a back story to any of the villains except for Magneto and didn't give Storm or Cyclops a back story besides saying he was with Jean. I mean it was the first time seeing them but we didn't learn about all of those characters in depth in the first X-Men movie. Of course that movie was really good I thought so maybe all the villains don't need to be detailed as much as I'm thinking. Bad guy=does things deemed bad.

Posted by BlackShadowCat

I hope Felicity Jones doesn't end up cast as Black Cat, they will ruin her in a movie :(

Posted by Mbecks14

Remember how too many villains ruined the cinematic drudge that was Spider-Man 3? We already have Electro and Norman Osborn.

That's all I'm saying.

Posted by Ironhawk22

Oh yes, let's rush introducing all of Spider-Man's rogues in the second fil! Surely that will be a good idea.... Amazing Spider-Man was fantastic, but the more I hear about the sequel the more skeptical I become.

Posted by Ironhawk22

I really wish they'd just go with Kraven as a solo villain. I really hope they don't have the DoGS. I want the death to be built up to. If we just rush it and do it just to did we'll end up with SM3 Venom. Written into the script only because of fan demand

Posted by Ninjablade09

Its sony they will make this movie some clustered. If all the villians were featured to show that Spiderman has beaten bad guys between movies then id be fine but they all have to be the MAIN villian

Posted by mk111

LOL, Rhino is such a lame and boring villain. Give me Electro anyday.

Posted by Novemberx2

Re@The Average Bear said:

Marvel, STAHP

This isn't Marvel this is Sony! attempting to make cheap cash and retain the spiderman film licence (because if don't keep making films it will revert back to Marvel) One Sony Ex said Spiderman has the potential to be their twilight.

I like how already they falling in the trap of spiderman 3 and just throwing in tons of villains

Posted by OldOldLogan

The cast to this movie gets more shittier and shittier every day.

Posted by Gambit1024

Lol, what?

Posted by chocobojam

I don't mind about Rhino and Electro as enemies, as long as its not Doc Ock.

Posted by Cafeterialoca
Him?
Posted by Owie

That's so ridiculous I think I like it.  Maybe the girl is Black Cat?  Not too many other major female characters.

Posted by Onemoreposter

@SoA said:

Ultimate Rhino

Was thinking the same thing. As long as it's some sort of tech suit I'll be happy. I think doing a genetic rhino/human mix would be awful.

Posted by DaemonTheDemon

no no and no

Posted by Ninjablade09

They need to drop another villain. Look what happened to Spider-man 3 & Ironman 2. There was too many characters. That's why I'm worried about Ironman 3. Maybe Marc Webb can handle it, doubt it though.

Posted by sora_thekey

Sorry but I don't think Rhino is fit for a live-action remake.

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Posted by TheSwordsman

The guy is only 5'9" and wimpy with zero athleticism. What a poor choice.

Posted by stetson12

Paul Giamatti is a very talented actor, but I can not see him playing Rhino. I would love to see him take on some other villain, but not Rhino. The one thing do completely agree with him on is that Rhino would be great to see on the big screen.

Posted by jphugo15

@The Average Bear: more like sony, STAHP

Posted by InfinityAce

With all of these characters this movie can either be all clustered movie that fit way to many main characters in OR it can be amazing movie(see what I did there?) with all of the characters that we love.

Posted by RedheadedAtrocitus

Really does sound like they are trying to pull S-Six with this..but I don't know...Giamatti as Rhino seems off to me. Its great that he was really into the character, but then again Nick Cage was and is a comic book fan too so...there you go.

Posted by dondave

Don't mind, he's a good actor, he'll pull it off

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