Rhys Ifans joins cast as Spider-Man villain

Studio still mum on which baddie Welsh actor will be playing

Andrew Garfield's new Spider-man will face off against Rhys Ifans, who has been cast as the villain in the Spider-man reboot that Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios are mounting for release in 2012.

The studio confirmed Ifans' casting on Monday, although it's still playing coy about exactly which villain from the Spider-man canon the Welsh-born actor will play.

Ifans' breakthrough role came in 1999's "Notting Hill," where he played Hugh Grant's scruffy lodger. Since then he has appeared in such films as "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," "Pirate Radio," "Greenberg" and "Nanny McPhee and the Big Band."

Repped by UTA, Independent Talent Group and Brillstein Entertainment, he will aslo appear in the upcoming films "Mr. Nice," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "Passion Play" and "Anonymous."

Marc Webb is directing the new Spider-man feature, from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt, which will also star Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. It will be produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin and is slated for a nationwide 3D release on July 3, 2012.

"We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans," said Columbia president Matt Tolmach, who is overseeing the project for the studio along with Rachel O'Connor.