"Chronicle" star Dane DeHaan has been cast as bad boy Harry Osborn in Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," director Marc Webb confirmed on Twitter on Monday afternoon.
DeHaan, who takes over the role played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's original trilogy, joins returning stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as fellow franchise newcomers Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx, latter of whom will play villain Electro.
Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the sequel, which is skedded to swing into theaters in 3D on May 2, 2014.
Script will be credited to Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, as well as Jeff Pinkner, based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.
DeHaan is no stranger to playing mischievous teens, having co-starred in John Hillcoat's bootlegging pic "Lawless" and Fox's "Chronicle," which grossed a surprise $126 million worldwide.
The thesp can currently be glimpsed in Steven Spileberg's "Lincoln," and next stars in Derek Cianfrance's crime drama "The Place Beyond the Pines," which Focus Features acquired at Toronto. Thesp has also wrapped the West Memphis 3 pic "Devil's Knot" and the period thriller "Kill Your Darlings," which will premiere in competition at the Sundance Film Festival.
To me, DeHaan's performance in Chronicle felt like an alternate universe version of Akira in which Tetsuo was more into listening to the entire 4AD discography than riding his motorcycle. In other words, his ability to emote angst non-stop will be a perfect fit for the often-troubled Harry Osborn. So well done Marc Webb and company. Honestly, I'm way more interested in how they'll replicate this hairstyle for IMAX 3D: