The official synopsis for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is being directed by Marc Webb, has just been released. In a press release it’s also been confirmed that Paul Giamatti and Colm Feore have officially joined the cast.

Just days ago it was reported that Paul Giamatti was in talks to take on the role of The Rhino, a villain that has been with the series since 1966. This came as somewhat strange news, given that we’ve already received confirmation that Jamie Foxx will take on the role of Electro. Add Daniel DeHaan joining the cast as Harry Osborn and we’re on our way to a massive list of villains, something that brought Spider-Man 3 down to its knees back in 2007.

The Rhino, for the uninitiated, originated as a “Soviet thug” by the name of Aleksei Mikhailovich Sytsevich. His super-suit gave him the ability to be super fast, super powerful, and with the inclusion of a huge horn on his head, super deadly.

Also confirmed in the press release was that the film will officially be called simply: The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Although it’s now been confirmed that Paul Giamatti and Colm Feore will join the sequel’s cast, the press release doesn’t shed any light as to which characters they may be playing. We imagine Giamatti will be The Rhino as rumored, and Feore could possibly be a perfect fit for Norman Osborn or he could end up being the huge fan favorite J. Jonah Jameson. Check out the official press release below:

New York, February 5, 2013 – Columbia Pictures announced today that filming has begun on The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2 in New York. The film is the first in the history of the franchise that will be filmed entirely in New York City and New York State.

The sequel to last year’s critical and box office hit The Amazing Spider-Man, the film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, and Sally Field.

In The Amazing Spider-Man™ 2, for Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

The film is directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci & Jeff Pinkner, with a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, and based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are the producers.

The film’s key behind-the-scenes team includes director of photography Dan Mindel, production designer Mark Friedberg, editors Pietro Scalia and Elliot Graham, and costume designer Deborah L. Scott.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley (Mary Jane Watson), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Sally Fields, Paul Giamatti, and Colm Feore is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014.

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