Denis Leary in Talks to Play Capt. George Stacy in ‘Spider-Man’

The “Rescue Me” star will play Emma Stone’s father in Columbia’s franchise reboot

Last Updated: November 17, 2010 @ 5:11 PM

"Rescue Me" star Denis Leary is in talks to play Emma Stone's father in Marc Webb's "Spider-Man" reboot, an individual familiar with the negotiations has confirmed to TheWrap.

Stone is playing Peter Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy, which means that Leary will be playing police captain George Stacy, who frequently comes into contact with Spider-Man.

In the Marvel comic, the character was killed during a battle between Spidey and Dr. Octopus, which led Gwen to hate the web-slinging superhero.

I'm a long-time fan of the acid-tongued comedian, having grown up listening to his stand-up comedy albums such as "Lock 'N Load." He'll surely bring a blue-collar sheen and fiery sense of humor to the project, which has been assembling an impressive cast to date, including Andrew Garfield, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

James Sargent and Alvin Sargent wrote the "Spider-Man" screenplay, and former Sony president Matt Tolmach will produce with Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin.

Production will begin in December.

While Leary has voiced one of the characters in the successful "Ice Age" trilogy, he hasn't been seen on the big screen since "The Secret Lives of Dentists" in 2002. He recently played Democratic political consultant Michael Whouley in HBO's well-received TV movie "Recount."

Leary is represented by WME and his casting was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.