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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ finds its Harry Osborn

Will Perkins
Wide Screen
December 4, 2012

"Chronicle" star Dane DeHaan is set for a super-powered upgrade, thanks to a certain cinematic web-slinging wall crawler.

With casting for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" almost completed, director Marc Webb took to Twitter yesterday to announce that the sequel had finally found its Harry Osborn. Webb introduced DeHaan with a photo captioned "Meet Harry Osborn."

Osborn, who was played by actor James Franco in Sam Raimi's three previous "Spider-Man" films, is Peter Parker's best friend and the son of Spider-Man nemesis Norman Osborn (also known as the Green Goblin). The Parker-Osborn relationship has always been pivotal to the series, so finding the right actor to play opposite star Andrew Garfield was hugely important for the comic book sequel.

"To say I'm excited is an understatement," DeHaan tweeted in response to Webb's announcement.

See also: James Cameron tried to make a 'Spider-Man' movie

The 26-year-old "Lawless" co-star beat out two others who were reportedly in the mix for the part: actors Brady Corbet ("Martha Marcy May Marlene") and Alden Ehrenreich ("Stoker"). DeHaan has made a name for himself by playing brooding and intense characters, so chances are that the Harry Osborn audiences see in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" will have some of those qualities. The Osborn character and Parker/Spider-Man had a stormy relationship in the comic books and Raimi series of films, but it's likely that the two will be friendly in the Webb-directed sequel. (Of course, Osborn's father -- who still has yet to be cast -- may be a different matter.)

See also: What's next for 'Spider-Man'?

Besides, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" already has a villain anyway. DeHaan's casting comes hot on the heels of confirmation that "Django Unchained" star Jamie Foxx will play Electro in the upcoming sequel, a down-on-his-luck baddie with the ability to control electricity. DeHaan and Foxx join a returning Andrew Garfield (Peter Parker) and Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), as well as the recently cast Shailene Woodley ("The Descendants"), who will play Parker's potential new love interest, Mary Jane Watson.

"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is due to swing into theatres on May 2, 2014.

See a strangely appropriate clip of Dane DeHaan from "Chronicle" below.

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