LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Uncle Ben in the new "Spider-Man" movie.
In Spidey lore, Uncle Ben, along with Aunt May, is responsible for bringing up Peter Parker. His death at the hands of a burglar is the key event that turns Parker, who until then was using his newfound super-powers for personal gain, to step onto the path of heroism.
The Uncle Ben role was played by Cliff Robertson in Columbia's first "Spider-Man" trilogy. The studio is rebooting the franchise with a new, younger cast.
Sheen, 70, and 17 years Robertson's junior, will join a cast that includes "Social Network" star Andrew Garfield as Parker, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the movie's unnamed villain. Shooting will start next month with Marc Webb at the helm.
Sheen last appeared in "Love Happens," the romantic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart.