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Just two days after Sony announced that Rhys Ifans has been cast as an unnamed villain in the studio’s Spider-Man reboot, The Wrap reports the 43-year-old actor will play Dr. Curt Connors — aka the Lizard.
Interestingly, the classic Spider-foe was the odds-on favorite in our readers poll, edging out Electro while thrashing the likes of Kraven, Green Goblin and Mysterio.
Debuting in November 1963’s Amazing Spider-Man #6, Connors was a gifted Army surgeon whose arm was injured in a blast and had to be amputated. Returning to civilian life, he became obsessed with uncovering the secrets of reptilian regeneration, and eventually developed an experimental serum taken from reptile DNA. Connors tested it on himself, and his arm did grow back. However, it had an unfortunate side effect, transforming Connors into a reptilian monster.
Directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt (Zodiac), the untitled Spider-Man reboot stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. It’s set to begin filming in December for a planned July 3, 2012.