The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be getting Foxxier. It’s been confirmed that the villain in the Marc Webb-directed superhero sequel, slated for release in 2014, will be Electro, and Variety reported yesterday that Jamie Foxx is in early talks to play him.
Foxx has yet to officially join the cast, though a Tweet he posted yesterday (“Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well.”) confirms at the very least that he’s interested in playing Electro, legal name Max Dillon, an electrical engineer who was transformed into a living electrical capacitor by a freak lightning strike.
And then you have some gushing comments by Webb in yesterday’s interview with ComingSoon. Said the director:
“I think Jamie Foxx is electrifying! [Note: Looks like Webb's getting back at us for all those puns about his last name]…I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors around today. He’s such a great character actor and he’s a really brilliant guy. I would love to work with him and you’ll be hearing more on that shortly, I’m sure.”
Thoughts? I think it’s a neat bit of casting, and it’d be great if it happens—though it’ll take more than that to get me excited for Webb’s second swing at the Spidey franchise. (Your move, Marc.)
As a side note, how long do you think it’ll take before people start complaining about a person of color being cast as a character who was originally white? It’d be nice if we as a species have evolved a bit since The Great Thor Debacle of 2011 and The Great Hunger Games Debacle of 2012 (and Rue wasn’t even originally white!), but I’m not getting my hopes up. What can I say, I’m cynical.