One of the worst-kept movie secrets in recent memory concerns who will be the villain in Sony's new 'Spider-Man' reboot – everyone and their brother has already guessed that it's going to be The Lizard. Websites like The Wrap were reporting that Rhys Ifans had been cast as Dr. Curt Connors (The Lizard's secret identity) back in October, but actor C. Thomas Howell has now made it even more official with a recent appearance on the Retroradio podcast.

Howell, a stalwart of '80s fare like 'Side Out' and 'The Hitcher,' has been cast in a small role in Marc Webb's 2012 film. Hit the jump for the actor's update on the project.

There is not a whole lot to talk about. Sony wants us to be hush-hush right now. I play a relatively small role. I play a construction worker who's son is caught in the middle of a battle between The Lizard and Spider-Man on the Manhattan bridge. Spider-Man helps me get my son back from this perilous situation. There is some payback there at the end of the movie. Spider-man is kind of hurting. I help him when all of the other people won't. Part of the story is, the nation thinks he might be a bad guy. They don't know what to think. Because of my experience on the bridge with my kid, I know he is a good guy. I pitch in and help out at the end. That is the best way.

We like the idea of The Lizard being the main bad guy in 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' so we're pleased to hear another bit of confirmation that he's being featured in this new outing. There's something tragic and primal about the character -- Curt Connors isn't a bad guy, but one who becomes a monster thanks to his own hubris and desire to replace his lost arm. Hopefully, this film handles him more effectively than 'Spider-Man 3' did for Venom and doesn't screw up his human side in the process.

Webb's film, which finds Andrew Garfield slinging webs across New York City, is set to hit theaters July 3, 2012. Executive Producer Avi Arad is quick to insist this isn't a pure reboot of the popular comic franchise, but instead should be viewed as a story that could have taken place during Sam Raimi's first film. We're kinda skeptical about that, but we're still looking forward to checking out the finished project.

What say you, true believers? Is The Lizard a big enough baddie in Spidey's gallery of goons to pull audiences into theaters or should Sony have gone bigger for this relaunch? Who else would you like to see? Personally, I've always wanted to see the 'Kraven's Last Hunt' story line adapted to the screen ...

[via Movieweb]