Joblo is reporting that Giamatti is in negotiations to take on the second villain role in Marc Webb’s sequel next year.
Amusingly enough, Giamatti has been talking about the character ever since 2011, telling ShowBizSpy at the time,
“I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid. It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies,’ but maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me…If they ever go with The Rhino I would be ready and waiting.”
Funny how that quotation kinda slipped through the cracks until just now…
If the deal is sealed, Giamatti would join Jamie Foxx’s Electro as the film’s main super villains (not counting and Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn and possible Green Goblin). Our only hope now is that the writers don’t suffer from villain overkill, a la some other superhero movies with two to three baddies…*cough* SPIDER-MAN 3 *cough*