In Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, Harry Osborn was played by James Franco. Now it seems director Marc Webb has found his Osborn for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Reportedly, the new Harry beat out stiff competition for the role. Eddie Redmayne (Les Miserables), Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Douglas Booth (Romeo and Juliet) were just a few names reportedly up for the role. Webb calls this actor “an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast.”
Speaking of cast, Andrew Garfield returns as the masked vigilante as does Emma Stone to reprise her role of Gwen Stacy. For the second installment, Stone has competition for Spidey’s heart. Mary Jane Watson arrives and will be played by Shailene Woodley (The Descendants). Her addition was confirmed previously as was Jamie Foxx’s casting as the villainous Electro. Filming reportedly will begin early 2013 with a tentative release date of May 2, 2014 planned. Find out who’s playing Peter Parker’s best friend below.
Earlier this week, Tyrell and I caught a pre-screen Chronicle, which opens in theatres today, and here are my thoughts on the modern take on a superhero movie. The film follows three high school friends after they gain superpowers after having made an incredible discovery they can’t explain. Set in Seattle, the film starts out with Andrew (Dane DeHaan), establishing the fact that he’s going to start recording everything that is going on in his life which his new video camera. This is before anything happens regarding superpowers. We see some of the challenges he goes through in his life with bullying, as well as some unfortunate situations at home.
When Andrew and his two friends (played by Michael B. Jordan and Alex Russell) make an incredible discovery, they soon learn that they are capable of telekinesis and as a result, form an incredible bond with each other. As the boys continue to learn what they are capable of, their powers gets stronger (similar to working out your muscles at the gym). Keep in mind that these guys are only teenagers… and boys will be boys (even with superpowers).