Dane DeHaan cast as Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2

There’s been more casting news regarding The Amazing Spider-Man 2. When we last joined the news of casting for the sequel of The Amazing Spider-Man, we got word of Shailene Woodley being cast as Mary-Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx for the role of Electro.

Today however, another piece of casting has been announced. The actor filling the role of Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) best friend Harry Osborn was revealed by director Marc Webb. Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan is to play the son of Norman Osborn in this feature-film interpretation of Spider-Man.

DeHaan beat out many other names in talks for the role, such as Douglas Booth, Sam Claflin, Brady Corbet, Alden Ehrenreich. Boyd Holbrook, and Eddie Redmayne.

Webb revealed the news on his Twitter account with the following tweet:

 

DeHaan is certainly a brilliant choice for Harry Osborn, especially if Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies go down the route of Harry’s turn to becoming the Green Goblin in the future (if the world wants a rehash of the character’s journey in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy. Hopefully not).

DeHaan certainly showcased his brilliant acting ability playing a teenager that goes too far in the fantastic movie Chronicle (directed by Josh Trank and written by Max Landis), a found-footage flick through way of Carrie and Akira. Should his character take a darker turn, DeHaan is more than capable to play that turn and play it well.

With this latest piece of casting news, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is shaping up to be a damn fine film. Dane DeHaan joins an already spectacular Spider-Man cast.

Until then, if you have missed it in theatres and DVD up until now, readers should really check out Chronicle. Trank and Landis bring a phenomenal film about superpowers without the superheroes where you can see first-hand why the casting of DeHaan is yet another reason to be excited for more Spider-Man.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is slated for a May 2nd 2014 release. It will be available in 3D, and it will star Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx. It will be directed by Marc Webb, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner, and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The press release of DeHaan’s casting follows below:

Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man™ along side Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.

The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The casting of DeHaan as Harry Osborn was confirmed this morning in a tweet by Webb (@MarcW) who wrote “Meet Harry Osborn. So excited to have him on board. @danedehaan.”

“Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast,” Webb said.

The new film in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Production will begin in early 2013 in New York.

Webb, Garfield and Stone previously teamed on this summer’s blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, which has taken in more than $751 million worldwide.

DeHaan caught moviegoers’ attention with his performances in four 2012 releases: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lukas Haas; John Hillcoat’s Lawless, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke; Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack & Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; and one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits, the adventure thriller Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank. He began his film career with director John Sayles and actor Chris Cooper in Amigo.

DeHaan next stars in Place Beyond the Pines alongside Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. In addition he will star in Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, about the fate of the West Memphis Three; and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, with Jack Huston, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, and Kyra Sedgwick, set in 1944 amidst the Beat Generation.

Mr. DeHaan first came to industry attention with his portrayal of Jesse in the third season of the critically applauded drama series In Treatment, starring alongside Gabriel Byrne. This was followed by a guest arc in the fourth season of the popular horror series True Blood.

In 2010, he received an Obie Award for his performance in Annie Baker’s The Aliens, directed by Sam Gold. The Rattlestick Theater production was cited as “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. Mr. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in with American Buffalo, Robert Falls’ 2008 staging of the classic David Mamet play.

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