OSCAR nominee Thomas Haden Church has been handpicked to play Spider-Man's new nemesis in director Sam Raimi's third movie about the web-slinging superhero.

The SIDEWAYS star will join the ranks of Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina, who played Spider-Man villains in the first two films.

Spider-Man 3 is scheduled for release in May 2007. According to trade paper HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, the new film will again star Tobey Maguire as PETER PARKER/SPIDER-MAN, and Kirsten Dunst.

Director Raimi says, "Thomas Haden Church will be a fantastic and challenging new nemesis, and we all look forward to working with him."

The film-makers are not revealing the identity of the new villain.

22/03/2005 22:06