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Official: Dane DeHaan Cast as Harry Osborn in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

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December 3, 2012
Source: Marc Webb

Dane DeHaan

For a small, mostly handheld, low budget film, Chronicle made quite the impression in 2012. The superhero film's director, Josh Trank, has been fielding tons of offers all year and eventually signed on to helm the Fantastic Four reboot, while writer Max Landis is working on a Chronicle sequel and has his own directorial debut lined up. But the movie's breakout actor, Dane DeHaan, has had a pretty solid year as well, and now The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb has tweeted that DeHaan will be playing Harry Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Looks like DeHaan is well on his way to being a household name. Read on!

DeHaan was listed in the first wave of actors testing for the part a few weeks ago, but then a new group of actors came in for testing because the character was reportedly reworked to be more good looking and athletic as opposed to dark and brooding. Looks like everyone was finally able to settle on DeHaan for their final decision, and maybe that says something about what kind of personality writers Kurtzman and Orci are giving the character this time.

We'll have to wait and see what kind of Harry Osborn we get from this take on the franchise and how he'll distinguish his performance from James Franco's star-making work in Raimi's trilogy, but we think DeHaan is a great choice for the part. Right after Webb confirmed the casting, DeHaan himself tweeted about his excitement in scoring the role, so we wish him the best of luck and hope that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (or whatever it ends up being called) can wrap up a few of those annoyingly loose threads present from the end of the first installment. Thoughts?

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  • Noe
    "Insert irrational 'Amazing Spider-Man' hate here." But seriously, great casting.
    • http://www.facebook.com/rocKKickerdesigner Anthony Ceniccola
      yeah, this is a great casting. no reason why osborn should be the athletic type. i can see his personality going south quick in the franchise, making for a great villian.
    • si1ver
      Yeah casting is the one area ASM is better than Raimi's (minus some of the villains).
    • BloodwerK
      I thought ASM was better than all three of the other ones put together. I didn't give a shit, however, about seeing some found footage crap about some punks with superpowers. That being typed, I'm alright with the casting, I suppose...
  • Isildur_of_Numenor
    Oh well, it's not like I loved The Amazing Spider-Man so I didn't really care who they would've chosen but I have to say that they're keeping it in tone with the first movie, being the modern, fresh take on Spidey and all.
  • http://www.facebook.com/TheChosenPessimist Jon Odishaw
    I am a massive fan of Sam Raimis spider man trilogy (not so much the third but the second one was amazing) so I was skeptical about seeing the amazing spider man. But let me tell you, it was quite good and I'm all for a sequel.
  • Xerxexx
    Nice, remember him in "In Treatment" glad to see his career taking off.
    • http://profile.yahoo.com/KHEPNETXMREB6CS4V2OODRU5VU Violette
      This! He was incredible on that show.
  • Clocker910
    While I wasn't a huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man, I'm still very interested to see where it goes. This is some great casting, this kid gave such an amazing performance in Chronicle and I can't wait to see where his career goes and I hope this is a step in the right direction.
  • http://twitter.com/FidelReyes_ Fidel Reyes
    A conflicted teenage Harry Osborn who transforms into an evil person by his mere hatred and lust for power would be cool... hmm I'm In ;) #Chronicle
  • DAVIDPD
    Seems right to me. No hate here.

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