Actress Theresa Russell has joined the cast of SPIDER-MAN 3 as the wife of super-villain THE SANDMAN, played by THOMAS HAYDEN CHURCH.

Russell will play a happy housewife to the SIDEWAYS star when shooting begins later this month (JAN06).

The actress has appeared in Black Widow with Debra Winger and Dennis Hopper and bared all in the film Wild Things, playing Denise Richards' racy mum.