Meet the New Harry Osborn

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He’s Dane DeHaan, an actor you lovable genre fans know best from the found footage superhero flick Chronicle. From Variety:

“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

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are producing the sequel, which is skedded to swing into theaters in 3D on May 2, 2014.

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

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:

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Looks like will find out when the next Spider-Man movie is released on May 2, 2014.