Paul Giamatti in talks to join “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” as the Rhino

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644px-RhinoComing off of the success of the quick-to-reboot “Amazing Spider-Man” film, Mark Webb and the team behind the franchise are looking to keep the energy flowing by adding even more big-name stars to the 2014 sequel.

THR is reporting that Paul Giamatti (The Ides of March, John Adams, Shoot ‘Em Up) is in talks to play villain lead, the Rhino, in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. From the Marvel wiki:

Aleksei Sytsevich was just another thug in the Russian Mafia, grasping at dreams of easy money, and headed for a short brutal life. Seduced by promises of wealth and power, Aleksei underwent a life-threatening series of chemical and radiation treatments to transform him after several months into the superhumanly strong agent for a collective of professional spies – in part, to support his family. Aleksei’s powerful armor permanently bonded to his form, was modeled after the hide of a rhinoceros. Two scientists named Igor and Georgi chose this form, both for its visual impact and in recognition of the fact that the rhino is the result of countless generations of evolution towards the ultimate form for armored assault. They selected Aleksei for his muscular physique and low intelligence, which they believed would insure his loyalty.

Could the inclusion of Rhino, coupled with the end scene from The Amazing Spider-Man, be hinting at the inclusion of the Sinister Six? Rhino is a member, and such a team of villains could add tremendous appeal to the film.

We’ll keep you updated on casting news as it hits!

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