Paul Giamatti Says Rhino May be Back for ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3′

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“Sideways” star teases appearance by the Sinister Six

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ doesn’t hit theaters for seven months, but Paul Giamatti sounds confident he will be reprising his role as the rampaging Rhino in the third installment.

The “Sideways” star confirmed to Collider that he has signed a multi-picture deal for the series, and confessed that joining the comic book movie has been his most high profile gig to date.

“I was stunned by the level of interest,” Giamatti said, telling Collider that he has been tracked by paparazzi for the first time in his life.

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In a show of faith, Sony Pictures has already secured release dates for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4,” a fact that seemed to surprise to the actor.

“I think I’ve only done the next movie,” he said.  “I don’t know if I’m doing the next next movie. I didn’t know that.”

Giamatti said the onslaught of supervillains in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ might signal that the film franchise could be building to an appearance by the Sinister Six.

In addition to Rhino, a former Russian agent with a polymer suit, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ also sports Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Harry Osborn (Chris Cooper), who becomes the Green Goblin. In the comics, the Sinister Six are a collection of baddies who menace the wall crawler.

“It seems like [it could be leading to] that kind of thing,” Giamatti said. “They’ve not told me anything hard and fast about that.”