Martin Sheen To Join ‘Spider-Man’

The veteran actor will play Peter Parker's Uncle Ben in Marc Webb's reboot of the film series.

Blair Marnellby Blair Marnell

Martin Sheen To Join 'Spider-Man'

Over the course of his long career, Martin Sheen has played a President, a Police captain and even a Soul Hunter. But he's about to add another iconic role to his resume.

Sheen is in final negotiations to play Ben Parker in the upcoming "Spider-Man" movie by director Marc Webb, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the original comics, Peter Parker is driven to use his Spider-Man powers to help others after failing to prevent the murder of his Uncle Ben. Cliff Robertson portrayed Uncle Ben in the previous "Spider-Man" film series by Sam Raimi.

As an actor, Sheen has starred in dozens of movies, including "The Departed, "The American President," "Wall Street," "The Dead Zone," "Firestarter" and "Apocalypse Now." Among genre fans, Sheen may also be recognized for his appearance in "Babylon 5: The River of Souls" and "Spawn," which was created by a popular former Spider-Man artist, Todd McFarlane.

However, Sheen is perhaps best known for his portrayal of President Bartlet on "The West Wing," which ran for seven seasons on NBC. Sheen is currently starring in "The Way," which was directed by his son, Emilio Estevez.

Sheen joins a cast that includes Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") as Peter Parker, Emma Stone ("Easy A") as Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the villain, which is currently rumored to be The Lizard.

The new "Spider-Man" is expected to begin filming next month for a July 3, 2012 release.