Official: Dane DeHaan Cast as Harry Osborn in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'
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?
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
"Insert irrational 'Amazing Spider-Man' hate here." But seriously, great casting.
Noe on Dec 3, 2012
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.
Anthony Ceniccola on Dec 3, 2012
Yeah casting is the one area ASM is better than Raimi's (minus some of the villains).
si1ver on Dec 3, 2012
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...
BloodwerK on Dec 4, 2012
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.
Isildur_of_Numenor on Dec 3, 2012
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.
Jon Odishaw on Dec 3, 2012
Nice, remember him in "In Treatment" glad to see his career taking off.
Xerxexx on Dec 3, 2012
This! He was incredible on that show.
Violette on Dec 3, 2012
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.
Clocker910 on Dec 3, 2012
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
Fidel Reyes on Dec 3, 2012
Seems right to me. No hate here.
DAVIDPD on Dec 4, 2012
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