Rhys Ifans named Spider-Man villain

Sony taps actor to star opposite Garfield, Stone in franchise reboot

Sony continues to fill out its “Spider-Man” roster, this time with the franchise’s newest villain, for which the studio has tapped Rhys Ifans.

Ifans will battle Andrew Garfield as the web-slinging superhero while Emma Stone was recently announced to play Spidey’s love interest Gwen Stacy.

Sony decided not to reveal which villain Ifans will play.

“We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the ‘Spider-Man’ movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans,” said Columbia Pictures prexy Matt Tolmach.

Ifans joins the franchise’s former bad guys, who have included Willem Dafoe, Alfred Molina, Thomas Haden Church and Topher Grace.

Marc Webb will take over helming from previous “Spider-Man” director Sam Raimi, with James Vanderbilt penning the script. Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin will produce.

The “Spider-Man” pic is set to go into production in December and will be released in 3D on July 3, 2012.

Ifans can be seen next in Warner Bros.’ “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1” Nov. 19, followed next year by Roland Emmerich’s Shakespeare conspiracy pic “Anonymous,” which Sony will release wide Sept. 23.

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