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Even the strongest supporters of the forthcoming Spider-Man reboot would have a hard time arguing that any actor could replace J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson, the cigar-chomping and hate-spewing editor-in-chief at the Daily Bugle. Looks like Marc Webb and Sony have reached the same level of understanding, because they’re ditching JJJ altogether for the upcoming movie.
IGN reports that rumors of John Slattery and Sam Elliott vying for the Bugle chief position are entirely unfounded due to one simple reason: Jameson isn’t involved with the Spider-Man reboot. The mustached newsman joins Mary Jane Watson as two of the confirmed-to-be-sidelined characters for Spidey’s next adventure, though IGN notes that the Bugle itself will still factor into the movie — just no Jameson. It’s a partial sigh of relief for those of us holding out for Simmons’ return in a future movie, but at the same time, it’s hard to imagine a Spider-Man story that involves the Bugle but doesn’t involve its notorious chief.
In other Spider-Man news, watch your friendly neighborhood webslinger in action courtesy of this new video from TMZ.