According to The Hollywood Reporter, Martin Sheen (noted actor and father of Emilio and Charlie) is in talks to play Uncle Ben in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot by director Marcus Webb, replacing elderly Mickey Rourke impersonator Cliff Robertson from the first film.
Uncle Ben is not the man on the rice box as I misled you to believe, but Spider-Man’s kindly uncle who raised him after his parents… I don’t know what. If you saw the original Spider-Man you know the character’s importance, but I can’t imagine they’d go through the motions of Spidey’s origin all over again (read: I pray that they don’t go through the motions of Spidey’s origin all over again). I wouldn’t be surprised if Uncle Ben only appears in flashbacks.
Here’s the next big casting question: who plays J. Jonah Jameson?