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"Spidey" gang back in game

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Tobey Maguire and other stars from “Spider-Man 3” are again lending their voices and likenesses to the Activision video game based on the film, the first in the franchise for all three next-generation consoles.

Actors Tobey Maguire (L) and James Franco pose for photographers after a news conference to promote their movie 'Spider-Man 3' in Tokyo, March 1, 2007. Maguire and other stars from "Spider-Man 3" are again lending their voices and likenesses to the Activision video game based on the film, the first in the franchise for all three next-generation consoles. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon

Joining Maguire (Peter Parker/Spider-Man) in the voice cast are James Franco (Harry Osborn/New Goblin), Topher Grace (Eddie Brock/Venom), Thomas Haden Church (Flint Marco/Sandman) and J.K. Simmons (J. Jonah Jameson). Also serving as the in-game narrator for the third time is Bruce Campbell, who appeared in the first film.

“Spider-Man 3” hits theaters May 4. The Activision game -- for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 2, PC, PlayStation Portable, Nintendo DS and Game Boy Advance SP -- will be in stores by then.

“Having the actors in the game adds to the authenticity of the experience and really brings it to life,” said Rob Kostich, vp global brand management for Activision.

William Schmitt, producer of “Spider-Man 3” at Activision, said the actors provided their voice work shortly after the original filming schedule wrapped, allowing them to be “in character” for the game.

With a growing number of Hollywood actors having grown up playing video games, including Maguire, younger talent from films has become more interested in getting involved in Hollywood-licensed games, Kostich said.

“I think the actors in this game have a huge appreciation for what video games have to offer, and some do play quite a bit,” he said.

The game expands the story of the film to include side missions and exclusive comic book villains such as Lizard, Scorpion and Carlyle. “The movie story line is only one of 10 story lines we have in the game,” Kostich said.

Manhattan has been expanded for this game to include more than 20 miles of subterranean environments including sewers and subways in addition to the skyscrapers above the crowded streets. The new black-suited Spider-Man is introduced, and the PS3 game allows players to ride through the virtual Big Apple as the New Goblin character.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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