Rhys Ifans To Play Villain In Spider-Man

Notting Hill and Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows actor to play as-yet-undisclosed baddie

Ifans will also soon be seen in Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows , playing Luna Lovegood’s dad.

Commenting on the announcement, Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, said, “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. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film Anonymous , we’re in awe of his talent and think he’s the perfect choice to take on this role.”

Ifans joins Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in the movie, which will be directed by Mark Webb and released in 3D in July 2012.

The big question, of course, is who will he be playing? Well, he's not bald enough to be The Vulture, surely, though he could shave his head, and he does have the nose for it. But what about the Lizard? Hmm, he’d have to lose more than his hair for that, though – he’d have to lose an arm. But hey, CG’s an alternative to amputation these days.

So, who do you think he’ll be playing?