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Amazing Spider-Man Sequel Finds Its Harry Osborn, Jamie Foxx Confirmed For Villain

My Spidey Sense Is Tingling

Back in October we learned The Amazing Spider-Man sequel was casting for Mary Jane Watson and Harry Osborn, roles previously held by Kirsten Dunst and James Franco in the previous franchise. Actress Shailene Woodley has already been chosen for Mary Jane and now Harry has been found. Chronicle’s Dane DeHaan will play Peter Parker’s friend while Jamie Foxx officially jumps on as the villain Electro. 

Direct Marc Webb made the Harry Osborn announcement via Twitter. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’s Sam Claflin and a few others were being considered for the role but perhaps it was DeHaan’s previous superhero experience that pushed him over the edge. The young actor played one of the lead roles in the “found footage” film, Chronicle, which centered around a group of teens who acquired powers from close contact with a glowing asteroid-like object. It’s important to note, his character from Chronicle and Harry aren’t too far off from each other but I’m sure in this instance, he won’t mind being type cast.

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

Meanwhile, Foxx had been rumored to be taking on the villain for the sequel and has since been confirmed. He told ET the character is, “a genius electrician-type person and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world… The next thing you know, he turns it on.”

(via /Film, Empire)

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” ( She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."