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B.J. Novak to play Spiderman villain

1 of 1 Novak to play Spider-Man villain Alistair Smythe
Novak to play Spider-Man villain Alistair Smythe

B.J. Novak's Amazing Spiderman 2 character has been revealed.

The former star of The Office is set to play Alistair Smythe, the son of Spencer Smythe, one of Spider-Man's most revered enemies and inventor of the Spider Slayer robots in the comic books.

The actor joined The Amazing Spider-Man sequel last March, but his character was kept under wraps until Monday (February 3), when director Marc Webb spilled the beans on Twitter.

He wrote: "Almost shot ASM2 in B+W til @bjnovak's (A. Smythe) promo for his excellent book ONE MORE THING beat me to it."

Novak, who is probably best known for playing Ryan Howard in NBCs The Office, is set to release a debut collection of short stories, One More Thing, this week.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

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