Doc Ock gets a human face

Molina in Spidey sequel
HOLLYWOOD, California (Variety) — Actor Alfred Molina, who portrayed Mexican artist Diego Rivera in “Frida,” has been cast in Columbia Pictures’ upcoming
Molina will play Doc Ock, aka Dr. Otto Octavius, an atomic researcher who designs a chest harness with four artificial tentacle-like arms designed to enable him to manipulate radioactive substances from a safe distance.
The scientist is transformed into a supervillain by a freak lab accident that bombards him with radiation, bonding the harness to his skin and nervous system. Now criminally insane, Doc Ock can control his arms mentally rather than by mechanical controls.
Molina joins a cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and James Franco. Director Sam Raimi begins principal photography on “The Amazing Spider-Man” in April, with the film’s release planned for next May.
Molina recently earned a Screen Actors Guild nomination for his portrayal of Diego Rivera in Julie Taymor’s biographical film “Frida,” starring Salma Hayek. He’s also featured in Columbia’s upcoming “Identity.”