Paul Giamatti to play The Rhino in Spider-Man 2

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Paul Giamatti might be joining Jamie Foxx on criminal square, playing a bad guy in the new “Spider-Man” movie.

The actor is in talks to play ‘The Rhino’ in the sequel to 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The “Shoot ‘Em Up” star would share villain duties with Foxx, who has been cast as Electro.

The Rhino first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #41 in 1966 as a thug from a Soviet Bloc country who wore a superhuman suit that made him invulnerable while giving him superstrength and superspeed. It also had a deadly horn on top.

In more recent comics, he became a sympathetic figure who found himself allying with Spider-Man.

The character Jones would play has not been revealed.

The role is a dream part for Giamatti, who in the past has said The Rhino was one of his favorite characters when he was a boy.

“I thought Rhino was the greatest thing when I was a little kid,” he told ShowbizSpy in March 2011. “It was a guy who was basically in this rhinoceros outfit, and I always thought, ‘Why don’t they have The Rhino in one of their movies.’ But maybe The Rhino wasn’t that big of a deal for anybody but me. … If they ever go with The Rhino, I would be ready and waiting.”

Around the same time, he also talked about the character on Conan: “The Rhino was fantastic,” he said. “He was, like, a Russian guy. He was real fast, and he hit stuff real hard.”

The movie, directed by Marc Webb, is eyeing a February filming start.

Meantime, British actress Felicity Jones (“Like Crazy”) has been asked to come aboard the film too. Her role has not yet been revealed.