Martin Sheen has been cast as Uncle Ben in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In the Marvel comic, Uncle Ben and his wife Aunt May raise Peter Parker (The Social Network's Andrew Garfield). After Ben is killed by a burglar, Peter is inspired to become a hero with his new-found superpowers. (Cliff Robertson played Uncle Ben in the 2002 film starring Tobey Maguire.)
Sheen's casting follows that of Emma Stone (Superbad) as Peter's love interest, Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans as the film's unnamed villain.