March 19, 2011 9:21am PT by Annie Yuan
C. Thomas Howell Confirms 'Spider-Man' Reboot Will Pit Spidey Against Lizard
Actor C. Thomas Howell has confirmed that The Amazing Spider-Man will pit Spider-Man against Dr. Curt Connors, better known as Lizard.
Howell, who has a minor role in director Marc Webb's 3D remake of the popular series, accidentally let the major plot point slip during an interview with Movieweb.
"Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now," he said. "I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker whose son is caught in the middle of a battle between the Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation."
Welsh actor Rhys Ifans was cast as the upcoming film's villain back in October. Though the TheWrap reported that Ifans would play Lizard, a role held by Dylan Baker in Spider-Man 2 and 3, Sony never confirmed the speculation.
Howell also described how his character fits into the series' long-running theme of Spider-Man's ambiguous loyalties.
"Spider-man is kind of hurting," he said. "I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way."
Spider-Man stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and Irrfan Khan as another villain named Van Atter.