Sam Claflin & More Testing for Harry Osborn in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Last week, we heard that Chronicle star Dane DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro) and Brady Corbert (Melancholia) were all being considered for the role of Harry Osborn in director Marc Webb's upcoming sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man. We know that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are back, but it appears that James Franco left some big shoes to fill from Raimi's original trilogy and it's tough to find a match, since THR is now reporting that none of those actors are up for the role anymore. Now a new crop of talent is testing like Sam Claflin, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, and Boyd Holbrook. Read on!
With the earlier batch of contestants, Sony appeared to be trying to replicate the tortured look of Franco's earlier work. Now, athleticism and good looks have reportedly emerged as the most important elements of the character (which sort of seems like a slap in the face to the earlier crew now that they're out of contention). It also sounds to me like newly-hired writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman don't have a solid grasp on the character if they can be looking for dark and brooding one minute and then switch to athletic and charming the next.
After starring in the fourth Pirates film, Claflin emerged victorious in the casting battle for the role of Finnick Odair in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, while Redmayne was great in My Week With Marilyn and has Les Miserables out this holiday season. Booth plays a lead in the new Romeo and Juliet film opposite Hailee Steinfeld as well as starring as one of Noah's sons in Darren Aronofsky's Noah, while Holbrook had small roles in "Hatfields & McCoys" and The Oranges and is still relatively unknown. For my money, Redmayne is the best choice here because of the age similarity between he and Garfield, but we'll have to wait and see what happens.