Marc Webb’s cast for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is suddenly starting to shape up. In the last month we’ve had news that Shailene Woodley will play Peter’s most famous love interest, Mary Jane, and that Jamie Foxx may be stepping into the villainous role of Electro.
It looks like next to be cast is Harry Osborn, Peter’s friend and son of Norman Osborn/the Green Goblin. If you recall, the role was occupied in Sam Raimi’s trilogy by James Franco. Now, THR reports that three actors are being considered for the part: Dane DeHaan, Brady Corbet, and Alden Ehrenreich. They also say that the character was originally written to be the bulky, athletic type, but the role has transformed into a darker, edgier character.
Corbet is best known for his roles in Mysterious Skin, Melancholia, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and 2012’s Simon Killer. Ehrenreich starred in Tetro and will be seen in next year’s Stoker. While both of those would be suitable choices, DeHaan would certainly be the best pick. He was excellent in Chronicle and gave a great performance in Lawless as well. His casting would certainly play into the edgier Harry that’s most appropriate for the trilogy. The only qualm I have with DeHaan would be that he looks significantly younger than his actual age, and way younger than the 29-year-old Andrew Garfield. It may be a bit hard to believe the two are actually the same age on screen.
If there’s one thing Webb is an expert at, it’s casting. Garfield was great as Peter Parker, Emma Stone was perfect as Gwen, and the majority of the supporting characters in The Amazing Spider-Man couldn’t have been any better. It’s safe to say, whoever Webb does go with will be an excellent Harry.
Filming is set to begin in February, so the rest of the casting decisions will likely be nailed down soon.
Who do you think would be best out of this trio to play Harry Osborn? Or do you have a different actor you’d rather see in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.