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Spidey 4: Circle The Date

Jan. 19 2009, Published 6:28 a.m. ET

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Looks like Spider-Man 4 will reach the big screen in May, 2011.

Actor J. K. Simmons -- who stars as J. Jonah Jameson, publisher of The Daily Bugle, tells MTV News from Sundance that he's been told to be ready to go next year.

Star Tobey Maguire is set to play Peter Parker and his webslinging alter-ego, and Kirsten Dunst has said she's ready to talk about re-upping as Mary Jane.

Sam Raimi will be back to direct the fourth installment. Though no villains have been announced, speculation has The Lizard as the main bad guy (his alter ego, Dr. Connors, was introduced in Spider-Man 2) with Carnage as support (think Spider-Man 3 Venom, only in red).

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Simmons says he doesn't expect his role to be enlarged -- and, frankly, hopes it isn't.

"I have no desire to make Triple-J more of the focus of those movies," he said. "The amount that I did in 1, 2 and 3, is just exactly right. Like be the wolf. Come in, blow in, do a week, blow out, be the comic relief, and hit the road. And let Tobey and everybody else do the heavy lifting."



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