Monday, December 3, 2012

Dane DeHaan Confirmed as Harry Osborn for AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Sequel

Peter Parker has a new best friend...or rather, a new version of his best friend.

Marc Webb, director of this year's The Amazing Spider-Man and the upcoming untitled 2014 sequel, posted on Twitter this morning that actor Dane DeHaan has landed the role of Harry Osborn, son of Green Goblin Norman Osborn.  DeHaan is probably best known as the emotionally troubled telekinetic Andrew Detmer from Chronicle but also can be spotted in last year's season of True Blood and the recent historical drama Lincoln.

As Spider-Man movie fans know, the role of Harry Osborn previously belonged to James Franco in Sam Raimi's original trilogy.  Harry started off as Peter's closest friend, only to mistakenly blame Peter for the death of Harry's father Norman.  After learning that Peter is Spider-Man, Harry attempts to take revenge but ultimately learns the truth of Norman's death and ends up helping Spider-Man save Mary Jane and dies in the process.

DeHaan joins returning actors Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, along with Shailene Woodley as the new Mary Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx, presumably as the villain Electro.  No word yet, however, if the character of Norman Osborn will be included in the sequel, but Norman was hinted at in The Amazing Spider-Man with a reference as the CEO and founder of Oscorp, and the ultimate goal of Dr. Curtis Connors' research was to cure Osborn of his unnamed terminal illness. 

An official press release was provided following the announcement of DeHaan's casting:

Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man, along side Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.

The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The casting of DeHaan as Harry Osborn was confirmed this morning in a tweet by Webb (@MarcW) who wrote "Meet Harry Osborn. So excited to have him on board. @danedehaan."

"Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast," Webb said.

The new film in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Production will begin in early 2013 in New York.

Webb, Garfield and Stone previously teamed on this summer's blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, which has taken in more than $751 million worldwide.

DeHaan caught moviegoers' attention with his performances in four 2012 releases: Steven Spielberg's Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lukas Haas; John Hillcoat's Lawless, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke; Bradley Rust Gray's Jack & Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; and one of the year's biggest sleeper hits, the adventure thriller Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank. He began his film career with director John Sayles and actor Chris Cooper in Amigo.

DeHaan next stars in Place Beyond the Pines alongside Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. In addition he will star in Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, about the fate of the West Memphis Three; and John Krokidas' Kill Your Darlings, with Jack Huston, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, and Kyra Sedgwick, set in 1944 amidst the Beat Generation.

Mr. DeHaan first came to industry attention with his portrayal of Jesse in the third season of the critically applauded drama series In Treatment, starring alongside Gabriel Byrne. This was followed by a guest arc in the fourth season of the popular horror series True Blood.

In 2010, he received an Obie Award for his performance in Annie Baker's The Aliens, directed by Sam Gold. The Rattlestick Theater production was cited as "Play of the Year" by The New York Times. Mr. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in with American Buffalo, Robert Falls' 2008 staging of the classic David Mamet play.

The sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is currently scheduled to arrive in theaters on May 2, 2014.

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