‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: More Actors Testing for Harry Osborn Role

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Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboot swung too close to director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man for some people, but there were also key differences that set the stage for a sequel that could move things further away from Raimi’s web-slinger trilogy.

Those include a mid-credits scene that teased a classic Spidey villain - who has not been featured in any live-action installments to date – and leaving Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in a place where he remains a reckless, vengeful, and somewhat isolated teenager who’s still got a ways to go, as far as handling his superhero responsibilities.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 is going to make Pete’s odyssey even more complicated, by adding potential future love interest Mary Jane Watson (as played by Shailene Woodley, The Descendants). Similarly, the search is currently on for a suitable actor to portray Harry Osborn – who, as comic book readers (and anyone who saw Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy) knows, starts off a loyal friend of Peter before, well… things get messy.

James Franco made a name for himself as an adult actor by portraying Harry in Raimi’s films, which featured the character as a broodier and more pessimistic foil to Tobey Maguire’s wide-eyed take on Peter (well, before Spider-Man 3 happened, but that’s another story). Last week’s shortlist of actors auditioning for the role of Harry in Amazing Spider-Man 2 suggested that director Marc Webb’s sequel may likewise paint Harry as a modern James Dean type – seeing how candidates Dane DeHaan (Chronicle), Brady Corbet (Funny Games) and Alden Ehrenreich (Stoker) have all shown a propensity for playing young men (or adolescents) with a dark streak.

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DeHaan, Corbet and Ehrenreich

However, the latest report from Heat Vision claims that the Amazing Spider-Man 2 filmmakers and producers (which include co-screenwriters Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci) are now considering actors with “athleticism and good looks” for the Harry Osborn role. So, it seems, the character could now instead be shaping up to be a charismatic and popular jock type who unexpectedly finds a kindred spirit in the less-outgoing Pete, with a dynamic similar to that between Michael B. Jordan and Dane DeHaan in Chronicle (to cite an appropriate, recent, example).

Either way, the list of contenders now includes Sam Claflin, Eddie Redmayne and Douglas Booth – all three appeared in the Starz mini-series The Pillars of the Earth – as well as Boyd Holbrook (Hatfields & McCoys). Claflin moved on to tackle small roles in both Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Snow White and the Huntsman; he’ll continue to travel blockbuster turf in 2013, as Claflin’s playing the handsome Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Redmayne, by comparison, co-headlined My Week With Marilyn (and he’s going to appear in Les Misérables this Christmas), while Booth is shooting Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah and Holdbrook will make an appearance in the adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host next year.

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Claflin, Booth, Redmayne and Holbrook

These four gentlemen all seem reasonable fits for the ‘new’ Harry Osborn; though, Holbrook and Booth arguably look the role the best. It’s trickier when it comes to acting chops, though, as most of these actors have yet to be given a juicy role to sink their teeth into; that also sets this new shortlist of prospectives apart from the previous candidates for the Spider-Man role (interpret that as you will).

We should find out who gets the job soon enough, as principal photography on Amazing Spider-Man 2 is scheduled to get underway in a few months. For the time being, what’s of greater interest (to this writer, anyway) is whether or not the script is being retooled to account for handsome and athletic Harry. Then again, it’s possible that Webb decided Garfield’s Peter Parker does better juxtaposed against a version of the Harry character with a lighter demeanor (before his father Norman Osborn enters the picture, that is).

Does this casting approach change-up sound like an appropriate choice, given the established differences between the Amazing Spider-Man continuity and Raimi’s Spider-Man universe? Let us know in the comments section.


The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into theaters on May 2nd, 2014.

Source: THR

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  1. Holbrook for sure!

  2. Dane DeHaan for the role of Harry Osborn. He’s the perfect choice. He’s a good actor.

    • I LIKE THE GUY FROM CHRONICLE, he just looks like a sneaky rich bastard
      great for the role of Harry

  3. It all depends on who is Playing Norman Osbourne. The father and son need to at least look somewhat related.

    • Agreed! Has there been any casting news on Norman?? Will he even be in AS2? Norman is the more important casting choice out of him and Harry anyway. I hope they bring him in the fold for the second movie so that when he becomes the goblin it is more dramatic even though we know it will happen. They should build the universe each movie so that there are recurring characters much like Nolan did in his Batman films – I know people don’t always like Nolan comparisons but I think it’s more realistic to not just kill off every character like they did in the first spiderman trilogy

      • You make a good point SpaceCadet who would be your first choice for Osborn, mine would be Christopher Eccleston from Doctor Who and soon to be in Thor The Dark World as Malekeith, i can see Thor slowing him down a little bit since he’s playing the villain in one movie can he play the villain in another movie thats part of the same universe, though it looks like Malekeith face may be a little cgi and Eccleston may be wearing a mask so maybe they could use that to their advantage they could make it difficult to tell if it was the same actor. I guess it also depends on whether this Spider-Man will appear in the Marvel Shared Universe or not

        • To be honest I’m not sure who will play him but it could be ‘the man in the shadows’ from the end of the first film the more I think about it. After all this character is evidently not electro (even though I thought he would be) as Jamie Foxx has been cast in the role and the ‘man in the shadows’ did appear ill thus fitting the bill for the description given of Norman throughout the film

  4. The movie was garbage and Garfield was unwatchable worst choice for Spiderman

    • Troll much?

      • Apparently you didn’t see Spider-man 3.

    • Then why the hell are you here?

    • Vbac??? WTF does that mean? oh well something stupid im sure!!! you must have been 6 when that other guy played spidey, because it seems like you love them other movies!! they kinda sucked at least compared to the Amazing spiderman, Garfield was the best Peter Parker that there could have been!

    • Right. So true. I prefer 2002 Spidey. Why is everyone trashing Ramies movies all of a sudden? Back in 2002 I didn’t hear people complain that they hated Tobey,Kirsten,James and the entire movie. Spider-Man 3 sucked but not the other two. And I was 19 when the first one came out. Andrew Garfiled and Emma Stones romance scenes were pretty funny to watch. So badly acted out.

      • Amen

    • Garfield is 100000000X better than Toby Maguire, the guy is a pathetic actor

    • I totally agree with you, ASM was a terrible movie. Garfield was trash compared to Tobey. And the chemistry between Stone and Garfield looked like Twilight, all they did was mumble.

  5. Dave Franco has my vote.

  6. Aaron Paul is the best choice. Dehaan is the worst.

    • I just think your wrong sir, he just looks the part! him or Ehrenreich, but i still think Dehaan would be best

    • Aaron Paul is pretty old for the part

      • Aaron Paul is 33. Garfield is 29. Osbourn is usually portrayed as older than Peter Parker.

    • Dehaan the worst? That guy from Beautiful Creature has acted quite badly in previous roles

  7. Only one I’ve seen in anything is DeHaan and I still think he could play Harry perfectly.

    It’s hard to tell though without having at least a clue on which direction they wanna take the character in, whether he’ll do what DeHaan’s character in Chronicle did and turn into a dark outcast after a traumatic experience (the death of his father/his actions as Green Goblin?) and pick up the glider himself or not.

    You know what? Until the character is officially cast, I’m sticking with DeHaan.

  8. DeHaan seems like the best choice to me. I can’t wait for this movie, I think it’ll be even better than the first one. Plus, I just need my Spider Man fix!

  9. I like ost of these choices but even though he’s not listed I still say Dave Franco, I doubt it will happen though I’m sure he wants to stay out of the shadow of his brother, but still I’d love to see him in the rle

  10. how about james francos brother, dave france to play harry osborne.

    • I like Dave too but why would they get another Franco? Weird choice. They should first cast Norman and then Harry. Atleast James Franco and Willem Dafoe looked similar. Like the hair and the facial features.

      The guy above who was in Chronicle looks strangely like Leonardo DiCaprio when he was younger. That Doulas Booth is like 19 or 20, and looks it. Garfiled is my age, almost 30. I mean Emma Stone is younger thats okay Harry? Atleast pick a guy closer to Garfields ages. Why don’t they pick Armie Hammer?

      • I see your point but I don’t see Armie Hammer as Harry

  11. i met dave franco

    • Really cool for you man.

  12. I’m best friends with Dave Franco.

    • im besties with Mark Ruffalo, so what’s your point!!!

  13. Redmayne is perfect!

  14. I have a Marvel Mighty Fine Tee with Spiderman and Electro on it. If Electro is Jamie Foxx—I won’t go see this movie.

  15. Michael Shannon should play Osborn.

  16. wait, I just had a crazy thought, we saw that a pair of what looked like the Shocker’s pants as an easter egg, what if, like (I think, I could be mistaken here, its been a while), Uncle Ben’s killer becomes the Shocker? just a crazy thought

  17. Can’t wait for this movie, they start filming in February i’m debating on going down to New York and trying to see the sets, good chance i can’t but i just really want to try.

  18. They cannot have jamie foxx play electro…..because electro is the son of the red skull & a nazi white supremist.