Just when you thought Sally Field‘s (Mrs. Doubtfire, Forrest Gump) acting career was reduced to those osteoporosis (or as I like to refer them, Bone-itis) commercials she will come back to the big screen, to melt our hearts and scare us with her Skeletor face.
According to heatline, Fields has been cast as Peter Parker’s Aunt May in Marc Webb‘s (500 Days of Summer) Spider-Man reboot. This news comes mere hours after hearing that Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now) had been hired for the role Uncle Ben, May’s husband and wise sage to nephew Peter Parker (a.k.a Spider-Man.)
I’m pretty thrilled with casting Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben. As I’ve said before he looks the part and has that natural old man wise-ness to him. I can actually picture him saying “with great power, comes great responsibility”. Sally Filed on the other hand. Christ, the ‘Flying Nun’ herself as our new Aunt May? Yes, she’s a great actor, but she doesn’t look the part. She doesn’t look frail enough to play Spider-Man’s feeble, crypt keeper looking Aunt. Maybe if she quits those bone pills she’s on and chain smokes for the next few months she’ll age nicely.
Regardless, with the casting of Sally Field and Martin Sheen it gives us worrying fans a sigh of relief. Serious decisions like this means they are putting a lot of care and thought into the film.
Field will join a cast which so far includes Andrew Garfield (The Social Network, Never Let Me Go) as Parker, Emma Stone (Superbad, Easy A) as love interest Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as, The Lizard, and Martin Sheen (Apocalypse Now, The Departed, Catch Me If You Can) as Uncle Ben.