‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Dane DeHaan Is Harry Osborn; Foxx Confirmed as Electro

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Sony’s reported to have been eying actors for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 who could play an athletic and handsome Harry Osborn – as opposed to director Marc Webb’s original lineup of young stars, which was composed of actors better fit to portray a brooding outsider version of Harry (who could conceivably take up the Green Goblin mantle after his father).

Well, it appears that Webb got one of his initial choices after all – as breakout star Dane DeHaan is confirmed to join Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy in the Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Similarly, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) can also now be counted as officially onboard for the superhero blockbuster.

Sony released an official press release revealing that DeHaan is set for Amazing Spider-Man 2, around the same time that Webb confirmed the news via Twitter. DeHaan thereafter Tweeted that “To say I’m excited is an understatement,” while Sony’s confirmation included the following statement from Webb:

“Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast,” Webb said.

Over the past year, DeHaan transitioned from playing troubled young men on the HBO TV series In Treatment and True Blood – to similar, but more challenging, roles in the found-footage flick Chronicle and period crime drama Lawless; he also makes a brief, but memorable, appearance in the opening minutes of Lincoln. Next year, DeHaan should keep his win streak alive with roles in The Place Beyond the Pines (from Blue Valentine writer-director Derek Cianfrance) and the beat generation memoir Kill Your Darlings with Daniel Radcliffe and Elizabeth Olsen.

DeHaan will follow in James Franco’s footsteps (from director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy) by bringing Harry Osborn to life on the big screen. As was mentioned before, DeHaan as Harry could eventually go to become a villain in the Amazing Spider-Man narrative thread (like Franco did in Spider-Man 3). However, that will depend on how exactly Norman Osborn – who has yet to be officially cast – fits into ‘The Untold Story’ of Peter Parker; not to mention, other possible villains who could show up somewhere down the line.

Jamie Foxx Electro in Amazing Spider Man 2 Amazing Spider Man 2: Dane DeHaan Is Harry Osborn; Foxx Confirmed as Electro

Jamie Foxx is Electro in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx (who stars in Django Unchained this month) is indeed now set as the antagonist Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2. In fact, for the time being, Electro is the sole villain announced for the followup – though, some twists and surprises could well be in order, given that the revised script draft was penned by geek-favorites Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci (Star Trek) and Jeff Pinkner (Fringe) – who drew from an initial draft written up by Amazing Spider-Man alum James Vanderbilt.

Meanwhile, Shailene Woodley is playing classic red-haired Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson in Amazing Spider-Man 2. However, it’s been speculated that her character will have a limited role in the main proceedings – which continue to deal with Peter’s ongoing journey toward maturity - and that Mary Jane could play a more important role in later installments, once these films move closer and closer to recreating Gwen Stacy’s eventual fate from the comics.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 begins shooting early next year, for a May 2nd 2014 theatrical release date.


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  1. I think its the character and acting skills that determines the cast of a movie, color of skin should not deter one from making the best choice!
    I believe the casting team must have carefully considered the fact that UltimateElectro will be covered in Electric Energy sparks mostly,
    Even though its best to always stick with the comic book History, exceptions could still be made once in a while.

  2. While I think that Foxx is an extraordinary actor, I think that he is totally the wrong person for this role.

    Also while I thought that the Amazing Spiderman was good, I don’t think it came even close to topping Raimi’s Spidey flicks.

    • It all looks nice, but I’m still afraid of one thing. That they’re making THE ULTIMATE Spider-man, not the Amazing…

  3. Ok Fox is Electro im cool with the change, but it leaves me wondering who the white guy at the end of the film in the cell with conners? also hope to see another villian in the film like Doc Ock,Scorpion,and Kraven.

    • My guess is that the guy in Connor´s cell was Miles Warren. But that´s just me… Could be one of the Smythe´s as well.

  4. I’m very excited for this sequel and this cast seems as if it will be great. My only concern is the writing. I really enjoyed the first film but I was disappointed with how Peter Parker was portrayed. Throughout the movie, he appeared to be a douchbag a-hole who uses his abilities to bully Flash (bullying a bully…does that mean two wrongs equal a right?) and self-obsessed d*ck who seemingly doesn’t care to console his aunt who just lost her husband. But we’re supposed to forgive because (spoiler) he eventually brought Aunt May the eggs. Even in the end, he breaks a dying man’s wish. That’s not the Parker I know from the comics, cartoons, or other movies. That’s not a character who becomes a hero that I want to cheer for. The actors who are cast can only do so much with a character, but the writers have quite a job in creating these characterizations to equal the iconic stature they have on the page.

    • In the comics Peter let his aunt down all the time. That’s the character: spread too thin between socializing and crime-fighting, a creep to begin with, a strange menace to many citizens. It’s never really been a cheerful book that I can remember.

      • @Dr Putitov – He did let her down (as well as others) in the comics like you said, but for good reasons (usually fighting crime). In this film, he was an a$$clown to Aunt May for no reason. He had time to eat dinner with his girlfriend’s parents, but not enough time to get a few grocery items for his aunt or heaven forbid he pick up the phone to let her know he’ll be late. She just lost her husband on those streets that Peter spends his nights on and he can’t call and say “hey, I’m not shot.” Seems pretty self-obsessed to me. Parker has always been an awkward character with a lot of heart. He isn’t this jaded character that we saw in TASM and that is something I hope they correct going forward.

        • After May told him to get some eggs, he fought the Lizard. So: no time to buy eggs.

          And by the way, I´m sure May figured out that, by the end of the movie, Pete is Spider-Man. So it´s all good in the Parker household.

        • @Prof Procrastination

          One of the best things I liked about this movie was the fact that Peter was portrayed as a realistic modern-day teenager. So it’s no surprise that he’s a jerk to his aunt, doesn’t pick up the phone when she calls, pays more attention to his girlfriend than to his family. The average teenager usually has a lot of internal struggle going on, so imagine one who has this added weight of superpowers, as well as people trying to kill him. I can forgive him for forgetting a few eggs.

  5. I won’t be going to see it since Foxx is Electro. Wonder why he didn’t play Thor in the Avengers. About as good a fit in this role.

  6. Everyone’s talking about putting a black guy in a white character’s role, but nobody’s discussing why there are so many black characters with electricity powers in comics. I’m shocked.

  7. Since Foxx is Electro, that means one of two things for the ending of the first one.

    The guy in the cell who talked to Connors was a white guy, who instantly vanished when the lightning struck. Everybody assumed it was Electro, for obvious reasons.

    Sony can either retcon the ending, and say, yes, it IS Electro. Ignore the skin color.

    Or they could say the man was someone else. And personally, I would LOVE to see Michael Massee as Green Goblin, so I’m hoping they make the guy in the shadows Osborn, AND they keep Massee in the role.

    • I agree with wanting Michael Massee to be Norman Osborne, but that doesn’t mean that was him in the prison…it could have been Chameleon or Mysterio as Agents of Osborne disguised as him.

  8. I wonder if they will ever have scorpion as a villain

  9. You know what’s bothering me? Seeing that Electro has been confirmed, it’s pretty safe to assume that the post-credits scene has to do with Electro. Whether it’s Electro himself or just someone working with him is unclear. But it would be a bit of a stretch to say that the lightning flashes are just a coincidence. So it seems that Electro already exists.

    IMO, that’s kinda disappointing. I’d have love to have seen Electro’s origins. The more I think about it, it would be kinda weird to introduce Electro in this movie without showing his origin. Sure, they could just launch him into the movie without any backstory to make him more mysterious, Heath Ledger-style, but in that movie, The joker was meant to be more of a force of nature, rather than an actual person. The same can’t really be said about Electro, or any spider-man villain for that matter, as all are complex characters.

    Or I guess they could show his origin in flashbacks, which would be an interesting take.

    Or maybe the post-credits scene isn’t until halfway through the sequel.

    What do you guys think?

    • It would be cool if he already had his powers. I was hoping that Norman Osborn and his people were the one’s who transformed Max Dillon into Electro, like maybe he is creating his own team of super villains and Electro is working for him.

      But I do believe that we will see his origin in flashbacks because Jamie Foxx, the guy who’ll play Electro, said:
      “I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he’s a genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world and the next thing you know he turns it on.” Maybe he even volunteers for the experiment due to terrible circumstances. But yeah, I think we will at least see how and why he became Electro.

  10. Hands down, James Franco was the best Harry Osborn/ New Goblin.

    • Now we haven’t seen this ASM 2 yet. Lets wait and see, and then we’ll decide who is better. But I will say this. Emma Stones as Gwen Stacey is hands down better than Kristen Dunst as Marry Jane Watson.

  11. I have no issue with having a dark skinned Electo. But Jamie Foxx?? Ayie yie yie. I will wait for a trailer before I “rant” to much but this feels like a bad casting choice.

    • I totally agree! Been a spider-man fan since I was a kid. And electronic is my favorite villian. Nothing against fox, but he has more of a look at me persona. Electronic was not that type of character.

    • I totally agree! Been a spider-man fan since I was a kid. And electronic is my favorite villian. Nothing against foxx, but he has more of a look at me persona. Electronic was not that type of character.

    • I totally agree! Been a spider-man fan since I was a kid. And electronic is my favorite villian. Nothing against foxx, but he has more of a, look at me persona. Electronic was not that type of character.

  12. I am excited about this upcoming movie. Foxx is going to ake a good Electro; and with the addition of Rhino coming in and rumors of Black Cat too. I think the figure in the mid-credits was Morlun.