UPDATE: Martin Sheen to be Uncle Ben in Marc Webb’s SPIDER-MAN, Sally Field in talks for Aunt May

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by: Joshua Brunsting
November 4th, 2010

UPDATE: Apparently today is officially SPIDER-MAN casting day.  THR is reporting that "The Flying Nun" herself, Sally Field, is currently in talks to join the film as Aunt May.

When news of Sony’s intent to reboot the SPIDER-MAN film franchise hit, with (500) DAYS OF SUMMER director Marc Webb at the helm and the always great Andrew Garfield as our friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, the geekdom was split into two camps: those who were excited to see a new take, and those fearful for the possibility of yet another origin story, giving us a different version of the same old story we've already seen.

Well, if you find yourself being a part of the latter faction, then the latest news may be a bit of bad news for you. Well, kind of.

According to Heat Vision, veteran actor Martin Sheen (THE DEPARTED) has been cast as Uncle Ben, arguably the most influential character in the Spider-Man mythos, and the main narrative push that launches Peter Parker into the world of crime fighting.

Please don't misunderstand! Mr. Sheen is definitely a perfect fit for the role, both in his look and his rather legendary acting chops. However, this does come as further evidence, along with earlier reports that the reboot would restart young Parker in high school, that we will be getting a brand new take on the origin of the web head. And personally, that’s the last thing I wanted to hear.

Overall, I’m really torn on what this means for the film as a whole. What do you think?

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