Rhys Ifans will portray the villain in the 'SPIDER-MAN' reboot.

The Welsh actor has been offered the role of the unnamed baddie in the movie, which will show Spider-Man's Alter Ego Peter Parker back at high school, as he comes to terms with his powers.

President of Columbia Pictures Matt Tolmach confirmed the news, saying he was the "best" person for the role.

He said: "We have been very fortunate to attract some of the best actors working today to play the villains in the Spider-Man movies, and it is exciting to see that trend continue with Rhys Ifans. After seeing his performance in our upcoming film 'Anonymous', we're in awe of his talent and think he's the perfect choice to take on this role."

Director Marc Webb added: "What sets the Spider-Man villains apart is the complexity of their relationships with Peter Parker. Rhys' incredible ability to embody both warmth and rage makes him the ideal choice for this character."

While the 43-year-old actor's character has not been revealed, it is believed he will portray either the Green Goblin or Venom.

Andrew Garfield will portray Spider-Man in the movie while 'Easy A' actress Emma Stone has been lined up to play Gwen Stacy, the first love interest of the titular superhero.

'Spider-Man 4' is expected to be out in cinemas in July next year.