Alan Cumming out of Spider-Man musical due to beefed up 'Good Wife' role

Alan-CummingImage Credit: Janet Mayer/PR PhotosBroadway veteran and all-around lovable character actor Alan Cumming has decided to pull out of director Julie Taymor’s in-the-works musical Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. The Scottish actor, who was to play the Green Goblin, decided over the weekend after negotiations that he would not be able to juggle the rigors of a Broadway show and his beefed-up presence on the CBS series, The Good Wife. “He’s disappointed,” said Cumming’s rep. “He’s been attached to Spider-Man for a year and he was hopeful that it would make it to the stage and he’d be a part of it.” Alas, when Cumming was made a series regular on Julianna Margulies’ hit CBS show last month, he was forced to give up on Spidey, a big-budget and eagerly awaited musical for which U2 wrote the music and lyrics. The show, which was supposed to open in February, was delayed due to financing troubles, is officially slated to open later this year. The news follows another recent high-profile departure from the cast, after Evan Rachel Wood dropped out last month, also citing scheduling conflicts. (She was to play Mary Jane Watson on stage.) While Cumming will not get the chance to work with Spidey’s director Julie Taymor on this project, he will be starring in her feature film version of The Tempest, which should hit movie theaters by the end of 2010.

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  • adam

    Who was he supposed to play? Not Spidey right?

    • Johnification

      Green Goblin.

    • Kane Prestenback

      green goblin

  • lettergirl

    probably a good career move on his part. yikes–that whole thing has FAIL written all over it.

  • paige

    this show is just falling apart.

  • Emily

    This show is NEVER. GONNA. HAPPEN.

  • Anna

    This was an ill-advised project to begin with. I’m not at all surprised to see it fall apart like this.

  • Barry

    The show has been canceled. I had bought tickets for 7-3 & received a refund to my cc 2 weeks ago.

  • Henry

    Spider-Man the Musical? Music by U2? Good God. Have we really come to this? Seriously, people. Really?

  • Bennet

    The role probably wasn’t gay enough.

    • matt

      your rude!

    • Mike

      He wasn’t gay when he played Nightcrawler in X2. He was a scene stealer.

  • Fidz

    I agree that this show is doomed.

  • Anissa

    It had potential, but stick a fork in it now, it’s done.

  • Genevieve

    That picture of Alan Cumming is going to haunt my dreams tonight.

    Seriously, is that a costume?

    • Rob

      It looks like gayer, Scottish version of Pee-Wee Herman.

  • Rob

    Let’s see… Take the three Spider-Man movies, which grossed $2.5 billion worldwide. Add music by one of the biggest and best known bands in the world… and that’s a bad idea?

  • Byron

    What is your favorite board game?

  • Burris

    Who is one person who has been influential in your life, for better or worse?

  • Loyd

    What gets you excited about life?

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