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Paul Giamatti may play Rhino in The Amazing Spider-man 2

Jan. 28, 2013by: Alex Maidy

File this under Unexpected Casting Awesomeness (UCA, for short). The Hollywood Reporter says Paul Giamatti is in negotiations to play Rhino in next year's THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

Giamatti definitely has the chops to play any sort of villain, but this will be his first true foray into the world of super-villainy. While Jamie Foxx is already headlining as Electro and Dane DeHaan will be appearing as Harry Osborn, Giamatti will defintely not take a back seat when it comes to the action.

As a huge fan of the character, Giamatti has been discussing the role going back to 2011. He then 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 remains unclear if Giamatti lobbied for the role or if two villains were always planned for the sequel to Marc Webb's 2012 movie. Either way, this is the first great news I have heard about the movie. I hope they are not going to overload the movie which is always the death knell for comic book movies. But, I am now looking forward to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. How about you?

Extra Tidbit: How the hell will Giamatti pull of a giant physique like the comic character? Or will Rhino be a full CGI creation?

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2:03AM on 01/30/2013
Apparently there is no one left in Hollywood with any kind of height or muscular physique if they're considering Paul Giamatti to play the Rhino.

Honestly guys, that's the BEST you can do?!
Apparently there is no one left in Hollywood with any kind of height or muscular physique if they're considering Paul Giamatti to play the Rhino.

Honestly guys, that's the BEST you can do?!
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2:42PM on 01/29/2013
They have gotten a little too cute with the casting of this movie. I love the choice of Electro and Rhino as villains, but Jamie Foxx is a terrible choice for the former and I cannot see Giamatti being a good fit as the latter. Unless it's an Oscar bait film, Foxx as an actor seems intent on coming off as "cool." Electro is not cool. Rhino is nothing if not an intimidating physical presence. As talented as Giamatti undoubtedly is the adjective "schlubby" is used to describe him quite often. I
They have gotten a little too cute with the casting of this movie. I love the choice of Electro and Rhino as villains, but Jamie Foxx is a terrible choice for the former and I cannot see Giamatti being a good fit as the latter. Unless it's an Oscar bait film, Foxx as an actor seems intent on coming off as "cool." Electro is not cool. Rhino is nothing if not an intimidating physical presence. As talented as Giamatti undoubtedly is the adjective "schlubby" is used to describe him quite often. I just don't see it.
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1:00PM on 01/29/2013
Rhino could be cool, hes a classic Spidey villain so dont have a problem with them bringing him to the big screen. Electro is not a top tier spidey villain so glad they teamed him up. Everyone knows Spidey will throw water on Electro at some point to shut him down, making him a rather predictable villain. I would rather see Carnage or Morbieus.
Rhino could be cool, hes a classic Spidey villain so dont have a problem with them bringing him to the big screen. Electro is not a top tier spidey villain so glad they teamed him up. Everyone knows Spidey will throw water on Electro at some point to shut him down, making him a rather predictable villain. I would rather see Carnage or Morbieus.
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12:45PM on 01/29/2013

I love Giamatti... and I really liked the last film... but...

I'm not all that thrilled with the idea of him playing Rhino... I'm not sure I even like the idea of Rhino being a villain at all. I personally think the character wouldn't translate well to the screen. Even though the cast that's being round up is phenomenal, I'm just not in the mood for another 100% CGI villain. I wouldn't mind If Electro was the only villain, and I wouldn't mind seeing a villain like Mysterio or Kraven...
I'm not all that thrilled with the idea of him playing Rhino... I'm not sure I even like the idea of Rhino being a villain at all. I personally think the character wouldn't translate well to the screen. Even though the cast that's being round up is phenomenal, I'm just not in the mood for another 100% CGI villain. I wouldn't mind If Electro was the only villain, and I wouldn't mind seeing a villain like Mysterio or Kraven...
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10:32AM on 01/29/2013
I'm not excited unless I'm promised a giant hulking dude in a Rhino suit smashing everything. If this Rhino is anything like The Lizard, then count me out. Trying to make these movies/villians feel more realistic is killing the fantasy. Next thing you know Electro's only power is carrying around a couple of tasers.
I'm not excited unless I'm promised a giant hulking dude in a Rhino suit smashing everything. If this Rhino is anything like The Lizard, then count me out. Trying to make these movies/villians feel more realistic is killing the fantasy. Next thing you know Electro's only power is carrying around a couple of tasers.
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10:29AM on 01/29/2013

I love Giamatti... and I really liked the last film... but...

I'm not all that thrilled with the idea of him playing Rhino... I'm not sure I even like the idea of Rhino being a villain at all. I personally think the character wouldn't translate well to the screen. Even though the cast that's being round up is phenomenal, I'm just not in the mood for another 100% CGI villain. I wouldn't mind If Electro was the only villain, and I wouldn't mind seeing a villain like Mysterio or Kraven...
I'm not all that thrilled with the idea of him playing Rhino... I'm not sure I even like the idea of Rhino being a villain at all. I personally think the character wouldn't translate well to the screen. Even though the cast that's being round up is phenomenal, I'm just not in the mood for another 100% CGI villain. I wouldn't mind If Electro was the only villain, and I wouldn't mind seeing a villain like Mysterio or Kraven...
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11:47PM on 01/28/2013
I remember Rhino vaguely. Would Paul be a good fit for the character? I really like Paul Giamatti as an actor, so this could be cool.
I remember Rhino vaguely. Would Paul be a good fit for the character? I really like Paul Giamatti as an actor, so this could be cool.
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9:36PM on 01/28/2013

great choice

maybe finally he'll get his Oscar
maybe finally he'll get his Oscar
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9:27PM on 01/28/2013
Giamatti is a phenomenal actor. This would be great for the film if he were cast for Rhino. And if he were to star then this sequel would already be better than the original remake and would be something I could finally get behind with this new story.

And after watching Foxx own in Django, I can't wait to see his take on Electro.
Giamatti is a phenomenal actor. This would be great for the film if he were cast for Rhino. And if he were to star then this sequel would already be better than the original remake and would be something I could finally get behind with this new story.

And after watching Foxx own in Django, I can't wait to see his take on Electro.
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8:56PM on 01/28/2013

Love it!

I love the idea of The Rhino being in a Spider-Man movie. I have been saying ever since Spider-Man 2 that I think it would be cool to see a James Bond like opening sequence in a Spider-Man movie in which Spider-Man faces off against a villain that could never support a movie on their own like Rhino, The Shocker or Hammerhead. It would make the universe look bigger and seem like Spider-Man is fighting super villains between movies and the big bad's he faces off against in them.
I love the idea of The Rhino being in a Spider-Man movie. I have been saying ever since Spider-Man 2 that I think it would be cool to see a James Bond like opening sequence in a Spider-Man movie in which Spider-Man faces off against a villain that could never support a movie on their own like Rhino, The Shocker or Hammerhead. It would make the universe look bigger and seem like Spider-Man is fighting super villains between movies and the big bad's he faces off against in them.
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8:22PM on 01/28/2013
I worry when they start piling villains into a movie, it leaves less time to develop the characters or give them their own story line. Instead it just becomes a walk through for all your favorites to make a cameo as soon as possible before they reboot again. Did they learn nothing from Spider-man 3??
I worry when they start piling villains into a movie, it leaves less time to develop the characters or give them their own story line. Instead it just becomes a walk through for all your favorites to make a cameo as soon as possible before they reboot again. Did they learn nothing from Spider-man 3??
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7:28PM on 01/28/2013
I thought the first film was bland and boring. I havnt had any interest in the second film till now. I love both Paul and Rhino so its a casting choice that makes me want to see what they're going to do with it. lets hope they dont waste his talent here.
I thought the first film was bland and boring. I havnt had any interest in the second film till now. I love both Paul and Rhino so its a casting choice that makes me want to see what they're going to do with it. lets hope they dont waste his talent here.
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7:23PM on 01/28/2013
No idea why this showed up twice, edited to remove double post.
No idea why this showed up twice, edited to remove double post.
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7:17PM on 01/28/2013
Just finally got around to seeing Amazing Spider-man this past weekend, and could care less about a sequel after that. Should have just let Raimi do Spider-man 4. I felt nothing for this Peter, Tobey was great as Spider-man!!!! An hour into this one, and I was looking at the time hoping it would end soon! If they do any sequel, forget this one and do part 4!! (and yes, I know that won't happen)
Just finally got around to seeing Amazing Spider-man this past weekend, and could care less about a sequel after that. Should have just let Raimi do Spider-man 4. I felt nothing for this Peter, Tobey was great as Spider-man!!!! An hour into this one, and I was looking at the time hoping it would end soon! If they do any sequel, forget this one and do part 4!! (and yes, I know that won't happen)
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6:55PM on 01/28/2013
I don't really have anything negative to say about this casting, I'll just have to wait and see how it all goes from here.
I don't really have anything negative to say about this casting, I'll just have to wait and see how it all goes from here.
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6:24PM on 01/28/2013
Hmm, I never see him as Rhino but more like Mac Gargan (aka. The Scorpion).
Hmm, I never see him as Rhino but more like Mac Gargan (aka. The Scorpion).
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6:20PM on 01/28/2013

lolwut?

Strange, but I imagine it will work out probably.

All I want is Bruce Campbell in there somewhere.
Strange, but I imagine it will work out probably.

All I want is Bruce Campbell in there somewhere.
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5:40PM on 01/28/2013
With a different director, and better script writers, maybe. As it stands now, nope. This may be the first comic book movie I skip and wait for the rental.
With a different director, and better script writers, maybe. As it stands now, nope. This may be the first comic book movie I skip and wait for the rental.
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4:55PM on 01/28/2013
Everyone's first thought is sure to be rhinos big, giamatti isn't. So fuck that. Honestly though if they go for a small dude on a big suit or a small who turns into a big humanoid rhino monster a la lizard than I am so game
Everyone's first thought is sure to be rhinos big, giamatti isn't. So fuck that. Honestly though if they go for a small dude on a big suit or a small who turns into a big humanoid rhino monster a la lizard than I am so game
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4:39PM on 01/28/2013
Giamatti as Rhino? Sounds.....odd. But then Giamatti is no stranger to playing a villain in an action film, and he can certainly ham it up with the best of them. I'd just find it hard to take him seriously as someone so colossal as Rhino. I'm open to unusual casting, I'm just having a hard time imagining it.
Giamatti as Rhino? Sounds.....odd. But then Giamatti is no stranger to playing a villain in an action film, and he can certainly ham it up with the best of them. I'd just find it hard to take him seriously as someone so colossal as Rhino. I'm open to unusual casting, I'm just having a hard time imagining it.
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4:28PM on 01/28/2013
Two villains seems about right seeing as most sequels try to up the ante, Giamatti is usually great in everything so I will say I like this casting. Sinister six eventually?!
Two villains seems about right seeing as most sequels try to up the ante, Giamatti is usually great in everything so I will say I like this casting. Sinister six eventually?!
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4:27PM on 01/28/2013
What the....? Ok. Sounds dumb til I imagine them making him as huge as in the comic w CGI.
What the....? Ok. Sounds dumb til I imagine them making him as huge as in the comic w CGI.
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