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.
Eddie Redmayne is the only person in that list that even resembles the proper archetype for Harry Osborn. He's not supposed to look like a buff prettyboy jock - he's supposed to look like a slightly schlubby socialite who gets by mostly on his daddy's name. Someone that Norman Osborn would consider "weak" and be ashamed of. Someone that could eventually snap and go a little nuts himself. For such picture perfect casting in the first film, this one is off to a pretty sketchy start...
fungusmonkey on Nov 19, 2012
Clafin cannot act.
BK on Nov 19, 2012
not douglas booth
comic393 on Nov 19, 2012
and enough with the damn pretty boys
comic393 on Nov 19, 2012
si1ver on Nov 19, 2012
Sam Claflin from what I've seen of him has zero charisma and no screen presence whatsoever. Can't they get somebody interesting at least how about Nicholas Holt, Dane DeHaan or a wild card like Ezra Miller all three would be 100 times better than that wet blanket Claflin.
Claw on Nov 20, 2012
Seriously does anyone give a shit?
nathan on Nov 20, 2012
I vote for Simon Woods of Rome fame, I think he'd be perfect for the character of Osborne.
Matt Peloquin on Nov 20, 2012
This Caflin guy is so inspid, I hope he doesn't get it.
Bamos on Nov 20, 2012
What the heck? We are going to have a 2nd emo spiderman? That is plain stupid.
Zanpher on Nov 20, 2012
Eddie Redmayne or Anton Yelchin, either of them will do.
Steven F on Nov 20, 2012
Somebody is trying waay to hard to try and get this Sam Claflin character popular.
Jordan on Nov 21, 2012
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