Sony’s superhero sequel The Amazing Spider-Man is currently in pre-production ahead of a February 2013 start date, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, director Marc Webb has identified a shortlist of actors for the role of Harry Osborn – Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) best friend and the son of Spidey’s arch-nemesis, Norman Osborn, a.k.a. The Green Goblin.
Said to be in contention for the part of Harry – who was portrayed by James Franco (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) in Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man trilogy – is Chronicle star Dane DeHann, along with up-and-coming actors Brady Corbet (Melancholia) and Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures). THR goes on to state that there could also be other names in the mix as the character is said to have evolved from requiring “a bigger athletic actor” to one who is “dark and edgy.”
Joining the returning Andrew Garfield in the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, while Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will appear as Mary Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx (Django Unchained) is thought to have signed on as the villain Electro. Meanwhile it’s also been rumoured that Band of Brothers and Homeland star Damian Lewis could be set to join the cast as Norman Osborn after reportedly passing on the role of Electro.