LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Martin Sheen and Sally Field are in talks to play the beloved uncle and aunt in the new “Spider-Man” movie, which starts shooting next month.
In Spidey lore, the elderly Uncle Ben and Aunt May raised Peter Parker, the webslinger’s civilian alter ego.
Ben’s 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. In the early comics, Aunt May was portrayed as a frail lady who worried over her nephew, trying to set him up with the neighbor’s daughter, and frequently got sick, adding to Peter’s personal woes.
The roles were played, respectively, by Cliff Robertson and Rosemary Harris in Columbia’s first “Spider-Man” trilogy. The studio is rebooting the franchise with a new, younger cast.
Sheen, 70, Field, 64 — both almost two decades younger than their predecessors — would join a cast that includes “Social Network” star Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans as the movie’s unnamed villain. Marc Webb will direct.
Sheen last appeared in “Love Happens,” the romantic drama starring Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart. Field is best known these days for her matriarchal role in the ABC family soap “Brothers & Sisters.”