The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Chris Cooper To Play Norman Osborn

Published 2 years ago by , Updated February 28th, 2013 at 5:47 am,

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In an era where many of the biggest blockbusters are based on comic book characters, The Amazing Spider-Man series differentiates itself with inspired casting choices and strong onscreen character relationships. Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Denis Leary, Martin Sheen and Sally Field made the Marc Webb’s first 3D adventure work despite plot holes and narrative issues, and the sequel has already turned heads with its casting additions.

Director Marc Webb and Columbia Pictures are continuing to bolster their talent show that is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a film that already added Jamie Foxx, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, with another smart casting addition, this time adding another Oscar winner in a key franchise role.

THR has the scoop that Oscar-winning actor Chris Cooper (The Muppets, The Town) has signed with Sony Pictures to play Norman Osborn, a role played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man feature film.

Don’t expect a Green Goblin appearance anytime soon, however. Sony and director Marc Webb have been smart to avoid retreading villains in the quickly rebooted series, with The Amazing Spider-Man utilizing The Lizard and the sequel introducing Electro and Rhino, potentially setting up or teasing Venom. Venom is a character Sony wants to branch off into a separate franchise. That’s why he was forcefully introduced in Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, why James Vanderbilt co-wrote the reboot (he also wrote the Venom script) and why it’s been hinted and rumor that Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborn could become Venom.

Cooper has trained for this role – see for yourself:

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Cooper represents another brilliant addition to the franchise, as a proven character actor fans can rally behind. He can play a lovable force for good, a sly villain or someone shadily in between. While contract details are unavailable, Cooper may have a multi-picture contract due to the importance of Oscorp in the franchise. We know from chatting with the developers of The Amazing Spider-Man game that in the reboot franchise biology is the focus and much (all?) of that comes from the science experiments conducted at Oscorp.

How that plays into the origins of Electro and Rhino, let alone the new and inevitable Venom, remains to be seen. We’re also curious how the story of Peter Parker’s parents and their history with Norman Osborn plays out. Marc Webb in responding to a question about the Sinister Six potential team-up of villains in The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy:

“There is a silhouette as Peter enters Oscorp on a display, which reads our founder, Norman Osborn. And there is a back-story which I will not reveal. We wanted to convey that there were more forces at work than you may have initially thought. That’s all I can say about that.”

Excited? Let me know on Twitter @rob_keyes your thoughts on the new Osborn!

Fun fact: In Marvel Comics, Norman Osborn wears the Iron Patriot armor and not Rhodey (Don Cheadle) who will wear it in Iron Man 3.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 releases May 2, 2014.


Source: THR

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  1. Don;t think I’ve seen a movie he’s been in but the image above helps me understand that he looks the part of a ruthless businessman.

    • American Beauty. He was the ex-marine who killed Kevin Spacey’s character.

      • Thanks for the spoilers!!! I was going to watch the movie this week. You should’ve write a sppiler alert or something.

        • Sorrry:

    • Check out October Sky, The Town and The Muppets He has been in a number of good movies.

  2. goodbye gwen. it was good to see you in the movie but now its time to go.

  3. the only thing I can remember seeing him is off the top of my head is ‘October Sky’ where he played Jake Gyllenhaal’s dad. He was a hard-ass in that movie too

    • He was in Bourne Identity. He was the head guy trying to catch Jason Bourne

    • Same here.

      • He was the pot dealer kid’s dad in American Beauty. The ex-marine who killed Spacey’s character.

  4. Hopefully they don’t cram too many villains into one movie like SP3.

    • I think many of them, the Osborns for instance are there for the future. I think the only villains are Electro/Rhino with Venom being teased for Spidey 3.

      • You seriously think Venom will appear in Spidey 3? No way will they do that, it would be copying things too much. Plus they are deep in this genetics stuff.

        • Ya but venom in this ultimate version is a product of that genetic stuff, a healing matrix prototype thing. Its not an alien symbiote.

    • I don’t know why everyone thinks this was downfall of SP3. Bad writing is bad writing. Count the number of villains in the Dark Knight trilogy. You don’t even think of them all as villains because they were blended into the story so well instead of crammed in like a square in an already complete circle like Sony did with Venom.

      • ^^ Very true. Having multiple villains, even 3, can work very well, if the plot allows for it. However, Spider-Man 3 had so many unrelated things going on, it got way too convoluted. Also, that dance scene makes me cringe every time. Crap, I have to stop thinking about it. MAKE IT STOP!!!

  5. I love Chris Cooper! October Sky, American Beauty…

    He’s a great choice especially when most of the characters he portrays have callused façades sheltering a vulnerable father’s heart.

    • Agreed Cooper is an awesome choice in my opinion October Sky is one of my personal favorites

  6. I wish a Spiderman film would be 2 and a half hours. That would be a perfect balance for me to deal with school and life as Peter Parker, and his life as Spiderman.

  7. I think they are just adding all these characters for the future. They’re probably just being introduced. And it’s easier to introduce these characters compared to a movie like TDKR because the characters have had past appearances and everyone knows them.

    • Yeap!

  8. One question that needs to be asked….

    If Jamie Foxx is Electro and Chris Cooper is Norman Osborn then just who the hell was in the cell with Connors at the end of the first movie?

    • Chameleon.

      • Hm. Interesting idea.

      • +9,000,000,000,000,009
        Yes!! Finally someone else who thinks it’s Chameleon too!! It’s really the only logical answer bcuz he has to do with the death of Peter’s parents.

        • Good idea, never thought of that myself. I always tend to forget about Chameleon and Shocker though for some reason when I think of Spiderman villains.

          If it is him, I wonder how he’ll be written into the movies.

        • or mysterio

          • Or Doc Ock.

          • Mysterio makes more sense.

    • Someone that was recast lol

      • Ha, beat me to it

    • Dazz, I’m thinking it’s still supposed to be Norman, they just got some random no-name actor to do it, planning on recasting him later.

      • Except Michael Massee is not a no-name actor, but a very recognizable character actor known for playing villainess or sinister roles. I’m sure he’ll pop up as a character in the sequels. I like someone’s guess of Allistair Smythe in the comment section of another article.

        • Fine, he’s not really a no-name actor, but I wouldn’t say he’s “very recognizable” either. But just from the context of the post-credits scene, I’d put my money on the man in the shadows being Norman. But that’s just me.

          • My point wasn’t whether or not you consider him recognizable or not, it’s that Matc Webb wouldn’t gonto the trouble of casting Michael Massee as Norman Osbourn to be replaced by someone else in a later film. He would have done something like what Guy Ritchie did with Moriarty in the first Sherlock Holmes. Massee plays his own character, and will most likely show up in the sequel. Even if it’s in another mid-credit scene.

            • Fair enough. We shall see.

    • I don’t see Woodley as too generic at all. She’s pretty stunning, in my opinion. Kate Mara would have been too old for the part.

      • Kate Mara is the same age as Garfield but I don’t see her as Mary Jane.

      • Woodley’s pretty but more of the girl-next-door type, just like Kirsten Dunst. MJ is supposed to be a supermodel.

    • I honestly think it was an uncostumed Mysterio.. Considering that the Mystery Man appeared and disappeared via a flash, like teleporting. And given the fact that Marc Webb said the last shot of spider-man posing mid-air held a clue, well it looks as if the clouds and moon resemble the costumed Mysterio and there are birds dispersing reminiscent of a magician’s birds during an act. Just a thought but I could be wrong, we’ll all find out for sure what happened during that scene whenever we see the sequel.

      • So I commented on the above convo and somehow my response was attached to these comments. I guess something messed up.

  9. Norman Osborn and some genetically altered villains, sounds a lot like Tex Richman and the Moopets. Now Marc Webb is ripping off the Muppets franchise?

    In all seriousness, another great addition to this cast. Oscar-nominated and winning actors with some great young talent. I’m looking forward to ASM2.

  10. Damn I dont think that link worked either. ehh… just google Kate Mara

  11. I’ve liked him since Matewan back in the 80′s. He was great in Adaptation too. He was a good villain in Muppets too, which might have helped him.

    Seems like a good choice. He’s a great actor. Could even play JJJ if they’d cast him.

    • I don’t know why, but George Clooney seems to me like a good candidate for JJJ.

      • Nah, Clooney is way too well-known to be JJJ. It would totally take me, and probably everyone else, out of the movie.

        • After J.K. Simmons, I honestly can’t think of anyone else playing Jonah.

          • Same, but putting him back in would be too weird, and it would just confuse audiences even more. It’s one thing to recast the main guy but keep in some side actors (Batman Returns -> Batman Forever), but it’s another to completely reboot and introduce a whole new universe, and then bring back an actor to play the same exact role.

            Sadly, we’re going to have to accept someone new as JJJ. Hopefully, he’ll be able to live up to Simmons. And you never know, sometimes actors can surprise you and surpass previous iterations of a character that were previously considered to be definitive (see Jack Nicholson vs. Heath Ledger)

            • They brought Judi Dench back as M in the 007 reboot and it worked.

              • Are you talking about Casino Royale?

                • Well yeah, she was in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. She’s been M since Goldeneye back in 1995.

                  • I don’t know if I’d really consider Casino Royale to be a reboot.

                    • If Casino Royale isn’t a reboot, then The Phantom Menace isn’t a prequel.

                    • In order for something to be considered a prequel, it has to be considered a movie first. Phantom Menace… doesn’t really fulfill that qualification.

                    • And with Casino Royale, I guess it technically is a reboot, but it’s complicated, because the James Bond continuity is pretty much nonexistent. Casino Royale worked though, because it was an awesome movie. I suppose the same can happen with Spider-Man, but they seem to be trying to distance themselves as far as possible from the original trilogy, while Bond wasn’t doing anything of the sort.

              • I thought 007 was a title and not a specific person… so she could return since she heads the organization… allegedly… lol!

  12. Marc Webb has already confirmed the mysterious character is Electro and that scene took place during the time frame of the sequel.

    • Except the character in the cell was white with shoulder length white hair and Jamie Foxx isn’t. Nor does he sound like that person.

    • Yeah, he confirmed no such thing. When someone asked him if it was Electro, he was intrigued and said, “I invite speculation, but I will not give you certainty.”. And yeah, Jamie Foxx is no feeble old white man either.

      • The Vulture is though… lol.

  13. Excellent casting.

  14. Only if he raps in this one too!

  15. Fantastic choice!

  16. when they do venom it g****** better be eddie brock

  17. So far this movie has Electro, Rhino, Norman and Harry Osborn, Mary Jane, Gwen Stacey and probably a sprinkling of Aunt May. I expect several characters to get limited screen time or the movie will be 3 1/2 hours long.

  18. Sooo far it all sounds good. Let’s just hope TASM 2 has a better story(plot) than the 1st movie. Garfield just doesn’t sell me as Parker. We shall see though

  19. he was a pretty good villain in the bourne movies. also he was in a movie with jamie fox called the kingdom, which was a thriller that took place in baghdad. he’s been in quite a few movies and was great in each role i’ve seen him in.

  20. correction: villain in the first bourne movie with matt damon. he wasnt in the others

  21. Honestly he is giving me more of a vulture vibe rather than an green goblin…..

    • The Vulture needs to be older and skinnier than that.

      • And Wolverine should have been shorter and more muscular

  22. That muppet shot only reminded me of:

  23. Will he have the Norman Osborn hair is what i’d like to know….

    • Harry had that kind of hair too. He was first in fact.

  24. Cooper’s cool and I look forward to what he does with the character, but… I was really rooting for Michael Massee. He was the shadowy figure at the end of the first one.

    • Haha, he was also the voice of Bruce Banner in the Ultimate Avengers animated movies. Oh, and he’s the guy who accidentally shot and killed Brandon Lee on the set of The Crow.

  25. miscast.

  26. Great actor! The cast is really shaping up! Funny, he was up for Jim Gordon in Batman Begins and he turned it down, now he will be Norman Osborn.

  27. Nah, not excited. Don’t get me wrong, if Chris Cooper is an excellent choice. I just don’t get why they go with the Green Goblin again… doesn’t make any sense to me.

    • How does this not make sense to you? They’ve set up the characters and story arcs perfectly so that Green Goblin is the villain? He absolutely needs to be in this series. Especially if its staying close to source material. The Goblin is essentially Spider-Man’s Joker.

      • I didn’t know that, because I don’t read the comics. But still, I’d rather have them seize the opportunity of the reboot and go into a different direction than rehashing the Spider-Man movies that we already have.

    • Umm… because Gobby is such a major villain for Spidey? And they probably won’t make him appear as the Goblin until ASM 3 or 4. He will first and foremost be Norman.

      • I hope so.

    • Goblin is a major character and integral in Peter’s life. Fans would be pissed if they deviated away from who was involved with Gwen’s death in the original Marvel 616 universe. I know this is based more off the Ultimate universe but still there would be that outcry from the fans if they used Carnage or someone else.

  28. Chris Cooper is an excellent choice