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One of the greatest strengths of Marc Webb's maybe-too-soon reboot is an opportunity to recast the roles from Sam Raimi's trilogy with a truly impressive ensemble. Like many of the best superhero movies today, "The Amazing Spider-Man" attracted some major talents, so in honor of that film's release, we're taking a look back at each cast member's best movie.

Andrew Garfield - "Red Riding: In the Year of Our Lord 1980"
Though he primarily appears in the first film of the trilogy, Garfield kicks off the "Red Riding" series with a lead role in the strongest entry. In "1980," the actor dons his almost forgotten English accent as Eddie Dunford, crack journo from the north country, who is just about the only man daring enough to investigate the case of disappearing children. The entire series is worth watching, but Garfield really stands out here.

Emma Stone - "Superbad"
The role that started it all and the one that set the tone for her cool, sarcastic persona, "Superbad" announced the arrival of Emma Stone. As Jules, Stone's character is the impetus for all of the mayhem that goes down between Jonah Hill and Michael Cera, and in a few short scenes, she demonstrates why she has become one of the most likable actresses in working in Hollywood.

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Dark Knight Rises

"The Dark Knight Rises" is taking Manhattan by storm, with its two-week New York City shoot well underway at this point. So far we've seen bad guys on bikes, Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Gotham police officer John Blake on the city streets, an increasingly familiar aircraft and one extremely unusual object that may or may not be a bomb. Check out all of the details in our "Dark Knight Rises" report, but be warned, spoilers lie that way.

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Several aspects of this week's new release "Anonymous" are unexpected. From the controversial plot to Roland Emmerich turning away from big-budget action to tell a story about Shakespeare, much of it should surprise audiences, but one of the most interesting choices made by the creators of the film was the actor in the lead role, Rhys Ifans.

Known in the US for his smaller, oddball roles like Xenophilius Lovegood in "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1" and as Curt Connors in "The Amazing Spider-Man," Ifans may not seem like the natural fit for the role of the Earl of Oxford, and when the actor sat down with MTV News' Josh Horowitz, he talked about his struggle to secure the lead in "Anonymous."

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If you haven't heard this one creeping around the 'net by now, you're in for a treat. Last week, "Anonymous" actor Rhys Ifans swung by MTV News HQ to chat about his new Roland Emmerich movie, but didn't leave without offering up some serious goods on "The Amazing Spider-Man." Ifans stars in the superhero movie as the villainous Lizard, and he offered us a terrifying taste of what his scaly creature might sound like when the movie hits in 2012.

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Rhys IfansRumor squashing alert, Movies Blog readers: Rhys Ifans is not going to be in the upcoming James Bond movie.

The rumored casting hit the web last week, floating the notion that Ifans had come on board "Bond 23" in an unspecified role. We were busy speculating what role Ifans could have possibly been playing, but apparently all that effort was unfounded. When MTV caught up with him at San Diego Comic-Con, he denied any involvement.

"No. I just have a license to kill," he joked.

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Tom CruiseTom Cruise's next few years have just turned significantly busier, thanks to his deciding to sign on to the adaptation of Lee Child's novel "One Shot."

Deadline has the news, saying that director Christopher McQuarrie will helm the flick. Cruise is currently filming "Rock of Ages," and will move on to "One Shot" in early fall. After that wraps, he's right on into Joseph Kosinski's "Oblivion," and by then we're sure he'll have several more films on the docket as well.

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Martin SheenThe cast for director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot is starting to come together in earnest. We already knew that Andrew Garfield ("The Social Network") would play Peter Parker and his red-tights-clad, web-spinning alter-ego Spider-Man, that Emma Stone ("Zombieland") had been tapped for the role of his love interest Gwen Stacy (and not Mary Jane Watson), and that Rhys Ifans ("Notting Hill") would provide the film's scaly, tongue-flicking villainy as Dr. Curt Connors, a.k.a. the Lizard.

Now comes word that Martin Sheen is in final negotiations to play Peter's ill-fated wisdom-spewing Uncle Ben and Sally Field is in early talks for the role of the Aunt May. Read More...

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Rhys InfansFROM SPLASH PAGE: Rhys Ifans was announced as playing the villain in director Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" just days ago, with the identity of his character unknown at the time. But this is the Internet, people — news travels fast.

According to The Wrap, Ifans will slither his way into the scales of The Lizard, the friendly neighborhood wallcrawler's science teacher turned reptilian nemesis. In signing on as Dr. Curt Connors, Ifans joins a growing cast that includes Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy.

The Lizard has yet to be featured in a live-action "Spider-Man" movie, though this isn't the first time Curt Connors has appeared on the big screen. The tragic scientist was previously played by Dylan Baker in all three movies of the Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire trilogy, with some reports suggesting that Baker would finally get his due as a villain in "Spider-Man 4." That movie never came to pass, but it appears that The Lizard is getting a chance nonetheless. Read more...

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Filmmaker Roland Emmerich is known best for the joy he takes in raining Armageddon down on the unsuspecting natives of the planet Earth. How odd then that the next project he's tackling is "Anonymous," which deals with a certain conspiracy theory concerning famed playwright William Shakespeare.

We spoke last weekend with Rhys Ifans, who was recently cast in "Anonymous" as the Earl of Oxford, the man believed by some to be the real author of the works credited to Shakespeare. Ifans is excited about the gig, both because he'll work with Emmerich and he'll piss a lot of people off.

"It's a story that asks the question and goes a long way to answering it: the theory, conspiracy theory if you like, that William Shakespeare was not necessarily the author of all, if any, of his works," Ifans said of the basic plot. "So it will put a glorious [wrench] in... the English-speaking world of academia, which I have always endeavored to do, since I was a schoolchild." Read More...

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Even seven movies in, there are still going to be new characters showing up later this year when the "Harry Potter" series begins arcing toward its conclusion in the first part of "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows." One of those characters is Xenophilius Lovegood, father of Luna, played by Rhys Ifans. Speaking to MTV's Josh Horowitz recently at the press junket for "Greenberg," the actor discussed the experience of joining the mostly British "Potter" cast.

"That was great," he said, beaming. "When you're an English actor and you get the 'Harry Potter' call-- it's like Batman, you know? You have a phone, you have a normal phone, and then you have one that is made out of wood. That's the 'Potter' people. They call you up [and] you get your wand out, you put your cloak on and off you go. It's a real honor. It's like getting knighted or something." Read More...

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