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Although J.K. Simmons won’t be reprising his role as J. Jonah Jameson in director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, the veteran actor isn’t finished with the short-tempered newspaper editor just yet.
He confirms to ComingSoon that he’s providing the voice of the crusty character in Ultimate Spider-Man, the animated series set to debut this fall on Disney XD.
“Yeah, I just started doing that,” Simmons says. “I don’t know when the show’s gonna be out, but yeah, J.J.J. lives on in my career at least (laughs) for a while with the new cartoon show, yeah.”
Officially announced last April, Ultimate Spider-Man boasts an impressive creative team that includes Brian Michael Bendis, Paul Dini, Duncan Rouleau, Joe Casey, Joe Kelly and Steven T. Seagle. The cartoon has its roots in the long-running Marvel comic series of the same name, launched in 2000 by Bendis and Mark Bagley.
In the interview, which focuses on Simmons’ new film The Music Never Stopped, the actor also discusses his disappointment upon learning he wouldn’t be returning to the big screen as Jameson, a part he played with gusto in director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.
“I was at Sam’s birthday party, and we were talking about story ideas for J.J.J., and then six weeks later, they pulled the rug out from under all of us,” he said. “So, yeah, I wish the new people all the best with it, but I sorta felt like those films were iconic, and Sam was such a great director for that — I’m finding myself using the word franchise, which I hate — but it was a big disappointment that we weren’t going to get to play again because those were just really, really fun.”
The character apparently doesn’t appear in The Amazing Spider-Man, but who knows, maybe there will be room for Jameson, and Simmons, in the sequel.