While our prior update in the ongoing, bloody Harry Osborn re-casting saga had noted that one-time contenders — Dane DeHaan (Lawless, Chronicle), Brady Corbet (Martha Marcy May Marlene, Melancholia), and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Tetro) — were being (ahem) cast asunder for some other young males, there’s been a reversal of sorts. First they wanted “dark and edgy,” and then it was all about “athleticism and good looks”; back around we go.
The actor is now decided upon, and Marc Webb has announced it himself over Twitter (seen below). By clicking that link — or, of course, having already read our headline — you now know that Harry Osborn, defined for an entire generation by James Franco, is now in the hands of one Dane DeHaan, who himself is, probably, the most likely “star” of this batch. His past work also shows that to be a fine choice, one which, I think, matches a surprising sense of quality that both the filmmaker and Sony have emanated as they round out the players.
Then again, The Amazing Spider-Man had a nice round of actors, but mainly worked because of them — and in spite of much else. Let’s hope a fun sequel — that’s actually worthy of the onscreen performers — is awaiting us.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are reprising their original roles, while Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx are expected to join as Mary Jane Watson and Electro, respectively. With that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is expected to open on May 2nd, 2014.
— Marc Webb (@MarcW) December 3, 2012
How do you feel about DeHaan taking on the Osborn role? Is the actor a wiser fit than his competitors?
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