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Old 05-19-05, 03:14 PM
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Topher Grace Joins Spiderman 3

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Topher Grace Joins Spider-Man 3!
Source: Columbia Pictures May 19, 2005

Topher Grace has joined the cast of Spider-Man 3, it was announced by director Sam Raimi and producers Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studio's Avi Arad.

Grace will join Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, and Thomas Haden Church in the blockbuster franchise.

Spider-Man 3 is scheduled for release on May 4, 2007, and will reunite returning cast members with director Sam Raimi and producers Ziskin and Arad, the successful filmmaking team responsible for the first two films.

The "Spider-Man" film franchise has grossed more than $1.5 billion in worldwide ticket sales to date. Production on Spider-Man 3, which was written by Alvin Sargent, is scheduled to begin early next year.

"I couldn't be more excited about the direction we are taking the continuing adventures of Peter Parker," said Raimi. "Topher Grace is an extraordinarily talented actor and will be perfect for the complexities of the role we are developing."

While speculation continues about which characters will be called into action, the studio will not comment on the new roles beyond confirming the casting of Grace and Church.

Spider-Man 3 is being overseen by Columbia's President of Production Matt Tolmach and Shannon Gaulding, Director of Development for the studio.

Grace, who has been a weekly fixture in homes across America in the hit comedy series That '70s Show for the last 7 years, is seamlessly transitioning from the small screen to the big screen. Testament to his success, he has recently been prized with Breakthrough Acting awards by both the National Board of Review and the New York Online Film Critics, for his starring roles in Paul Weitz's In Good Company and Dylan Kidd's P.S.

This winter, Grace starred opposite Dennis Quaid and Scarlett Johansson in In Good Company. And in P.S., which premiered at this fall's Toronto Film Festival, he starred as the romantic lead opposite Laura Linney in an off-beat romantic comedy adapted from the Helen Schulman novel by the same name.

Grace's major breakthrough on film came with his debut role in Steven Soderbergh's Oscar nominated movie Traffic, which he followed-up with a memorable cameo in the Soderbergh's Ocean's Eleven. He also reprises his role, as himself, in the sequel Ocean's Twelve. Earlier this year he could be seen in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy Win a Date With Tad Hamilton!, alongside Kate Bosworth and Josh Duhamel. Before that, he was in last winter's Mona Lisa Smile, opposite Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst and Marcia Gay Harden.

He fell into acting in high school in which he starred in plays such as "A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum". After high school, he moved out to Los Angeles for college and soon embarked on his acting career with a starring role on That '70s Show, remarkably sans prior industry experience. He currently resides in Los Angeles.
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Who the heck could he be playing in the next movie? I just can't picture him in any kind of villian role.
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Who the heck could he be playing in the next movie? I just can't picture him in any kind of villian role.
I couldnt' either. The only person I could even remotely imagine him as would be Cletus Kasady (Carnage), but we know the Venom/Carnage thing won't happen.
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yeah, cast Elijah Wood and you'd have three actors looking somewhat similiar.
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Solid talent; I look forward to whatever contribution he brings, and I'm glad he's finally unshackled himself from that retarded TV show...
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Maybe he'll play Ben Reilly...
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Eddie Brock? No?
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I don't know anything about the comics, but my source tells me Grace will be playing a character named "Glenn Stacey" and that the film will contain some sort of "shocking twist" that will "completely alienate fans of the comic, not to mention most of the country."

Take that for what it's worth.
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Solid talent; I look forward to whatever contribution he brings, and I'm glad he's finally unshackled himself from that retarded TV show...

Agreed, although I personally wouldn't classify That 70's Show as retarded. The early seasons are kind of a guilty pleasure of mine...
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Mysterio.

Done.
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Mysterio.

Done.

Good guess!
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Villian? No no, I see Topher as a best friend type to Peter..taking over for Harry. Perhaps even a role that will challenge Peter for Mary Jane's heart.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I don't know anything about the comics, but my source tells me Grace will be playing a character named "Glenn Stacey" and that the film will contain some sort of "shocking twist" that will "completely alienate fans of the comic, not to mention most of the country."

Take that for what it's worth.
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He could play a great wise-ass type villain.

Either way - nice addition to the cast.
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Originally Posted by B.A.
He could play a great wise-ass type villain.

Either way - nice addition to the cast.
Electro? Or too young? Didn't Peter have a friend earlier on in the comics called Flash Thompson or something as well? I don't have anything going back that far, but I'm pretty sure I've seen him referenced here and there in other books.
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Flash was in Spidey 1, as both the school bully and Mary Jane's BF.
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yeah, cast Elijah Wood and you'd have three actors looking somewhat similiar.
Don't forget Jake!

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it worked for the kingpin...



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Originally Posted by Triple S
Flash was in Spidey 1, as both the school bully and Mary Jane's BF.
You're right. I completely forgot about that one.
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I'd guess Hobgoblin.
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We'll see if my earlier prediction comes true....
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so there should be 4 more announcements (unless they did away with the whole 6 villain thing that's been floating around the studio).


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http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/thr..._id=1000929080

Grace turning villainous for 'Spider-Man 3'
By Borys Kit

Topher Grace has joined the cast of "Spider-Man 3," which Sam Raimi is directing for Columbia Pictures. Producing are Laura Ziskin and Marvel Studio's Avi Arad.

The studio said Grace will play one of two villains but declined to give further details.

Grace joins returning cast members Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco, all of whom starred in the first two films. Thomas Haden Church also has been cast.

"Spider-Man 3" was written by Alvin Sargent and is scheduled for release May 4, 2007. Sargent received sole screenwriting credit for "Spider-Man 2."

The "Spider-Man" film franchise has grossed more than $1.5 billion worldwide for Columbia.

The sequel is being overseen by Columbia president of production Matt Tolmach and director of development Shannon Gaulding.

This week, Grace made his onscreen exit from Fox's "That '70s Show," on which he starred for the past seven years. His feature work includes "In Good Company" and "Traffic" and memorable cameos in "Ocean's Eleven" and "Ocean's Twelve."

He is repped by WMA and attorney Michael Gendler.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I don't know anything about the comics, but my source tells me Grace will be playing a character named "Glenn Stacey" and that the film will contain some sort of "shocking twist" that will "completely alienate fans of the comic, not to mention most of the country."

Take that for what it's worth.

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Man, I've always thought Grace would make a great "Spidey-In-Waiting" for when Tobey inevitably walks away from the role.

Guess that's never going to happen, now.
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Could he be the Scorpion? Or Electro? Not sure.
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Funny thing is that I always get him and Tobey McGwire mixed up.
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I couldnt' either. The only person I could even remotely imagine him as would be Cletus Kasady (Carnage), but we know the Venom/Carnage thing won't happen.
Why not? You know the actors have to resemble the bad guys, and they have to be marquee bad guys. I see Grace and Church as either Hobgoblin and Sandman OR Carnage and Venom, respectively; nobody else fits.
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