Paul Giamatti continues to surprise with his choice of movie roles. The dynamic actor is currently in talks to play The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Never afraid to take a chance on roles, Giamatti regularly jumps from big-budget hollywood fare like Rock Of Ages, to smaller less scene independent fare like John Dies At The End. It’s never easy to predict what project may catch the actor’s eye and what he will choose as his next role.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Giamatti has found his next role and it’s very high profile. The industry trade publication broke the news that Giamatti is about to sign on to play The Rhino, the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
In comics The Rhino has gone though many changes. First appearing in issue #41 of The AmazingSpider-Man in 1966, the character was a Soviet thug in a superhuman suit with a horn on top. In more recent comics the character has become more sympathetic.
Surprisingly, the role of The Rhino is actually one Giamatti has had his eyes on for a while. In March 2011, before The Amazing Spider-Man came out in 2012, the actor told 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.”
It looks like Giamatti will be getting his wish to play one of his favorite villains growing up.
What do you think? Is Giamatti a good choice to play The Rhino in The Amazing Spider-Man 2?