Well, according to TheWrap, Ifans will play Dr. Curt Connors, better known as the Lizard (who was played by Dylan Baker in Sam Raimi's two 'Spider-Man' sequels). And, citing two individuals familiar with the project, TheWrap goes on to say that, despite rumors throughout the blogosphere, Venom will not appear in the new film.
Ifans is a talented actor who made his first big splash as Hugh Grant's best friend in 'Notting Hill' (almost stealing the film from the star). Most recently he was seen in Ben Stiller's 'Greenberg' and 'Nanny McPhee Returns' and will star as Xenophilius Lovegood in 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.'
'Spider-Man,' which stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, will hit theaters in 3-D on July 3, 2012.