Following three better-than-you’d-expect names getting thrown into the mix of playing Harry Osborn, we’ve got a whole new set of options to weigh. (No, the pre-production process never gets any less tedious here.) As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 enters its casting process and tries to find a worthy successor to James Franco (as if that were possible), THR inform us Sam Claflin (Catching Fire, Snow White and the Huntsman), Douglas Booth (Noah), Boyd Holbrook (The Host), and Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables, My Week with Marilyn) are coming under the eye of Sony, Marvel, and director Marc Webb.
While they had been talking to some actors who, again, were (to be frank) above the so-called “pay grade” of this sequel — they were, in no particularly order: Brady Corbet, Alden Ehrenreich, and Dane DeHaan — none provided what the brass ultimately had in mind. Our prior report had indicated a desire to find someone with a “dark and edgy” vibe, but eyes are now going toward a youngster with “athleticism and good looks.” (I like to imagine the former trait leads to some audition process wherein the actors have to play football against one another.) And here we are.
With that in mind, too, you have to reevaluate — as much as this can even be evaluated — who’s a capable fit for the Osborn role. Claflin‘s the most noticeable, though that’s because the guy’s been a snooze in all his big work — I like to think bad material is the explanation there — while the other three don’t inspire anything else, really. The exception? Redmayne kind of fits how I would picture the character in a non-Franco context. For something that, in the grand scheme of things, is this insubstantial, that’s probably all it takes for me to be fine with the pick.
With Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx joining Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will open on May 2nd, 2014.
Does any one option for the new Harry Osborn get you reacting in any concrete manner?
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