Jamie Foxx Confirmed as Electro in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'; Character Details Revealed

This villainous character is an electrician that gets the short end of the stick in director Marc Webb's superhero sequel.
Jamie Foxx confirmed as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Jamie Foxx confirmed as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Earlier today, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb confirmed that Dane DeHaan is portraying Harry Osborn in the superhero sequel. Sony Pictures has issued a press release that also confirms Jamie Foxx has joined the cast as the villainous Electro. Jamie Foxx also revealed a few tidbits about the character in an interview, which you can check out below, along with the official press release.

"Electro is a great character. I met with the director, Marc Webb, I met with Andrew Garfield, and we talked. I think Electro will be an exciting character to play because he's a genius electrician-type person, and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world, and the next thing you know he turns it on."

Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man alongside 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 Matthew 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."

Here's what Marc Webb had to say about the casting.

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

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 and 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 The 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 Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: Sony Pictures, Entertainment Tonight

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Comments (262)

  1. masterofthemoon

    Big Casting Mistake he'd be better off as Black Panther!

    1 year agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  2. T. King (Red Camera Man)

    "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers">"The Amazing Spider-Man"

    All the way.

    Seen both "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers" twice, but seen "The Amazing Spider-Man" only once and that's enough for me.

    Already have "The Avengers" on DVD, and can't wait to get "The Dark Knight Rises" on DVD since I own the first 2 movies, as well as all the other Marvel Avenger movies that came out before.

    1 year agoby @redcameramanFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @bawnian-dexeus -- It's too bad you missed the climax. The credits sucked, though.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. Youngrizo

    @narrator His entire attitude is based on the circ*mstances surrounding the character at the time, you're referring to a series of comics that span far more time than the first movie.

    In Amazing Spider-Man, Peter is dealing with being basically an orphaned kid living with relatives. He then has to deal with his uncle's death, and the inherent guilt that builds from that he is the one who let the guy go, who ultimately killed Uncle Ben. All this as a young adult, he wasn't being a douche, he was in a very tough place, his attitude was perfectly placed, he then misdirects the anger from himself to the guy who killed his uncle and this is why for most of the movie even when he has the full suit, he is still just Spidey the vigilante and not 'your friendly neighborhood Spider-man'... that change only comes once he realizes the responsibility his power gives him... after the bridge incident somewhat is where he begins to grow out of the vigilante phase... it's as true to the character as they have gotten, also... between the comics and the cartoons, the one thing that people forget is that while Parker was very intelligent and somewhat of a geek, pre-spidey transformation, he was a bit clumsy but his nerdiness was overplayed by the need to show that he was a geek, which was represented by him being bullied, being clumsy and basically following every nerd trope in the book.

    Having a skateboard, standing up to bullies and being a pissed off teenager when going through as much as his character goes through, doesn't make you a douche, it makes you a human being. And that's why his portrayal is far better than Maguire's.... it's not just his acting too, it's the writing, you have to remember he didn't write the script. But IMO it's the closest representation of Peter Parker in feature films.

    I also like that they took the liberty of having him steal the material he adapted the webbing from instead of creating it as that would make him too much of a super genius and was not very plausible for a highschool kid.. or rather would have been too much fantasy all at once.

    1 year agoby @youngrizoFlag

  5. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Well, if it's entertaining, I won't care either. I just don't wanna sit through that long of a film if it's a bore.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  6. Dan

    @bawnian-dexeus Gotta jump on at more reasonable times :P

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  7. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    And I missed another arc. Damn it guys! :p

    1 year agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  8. the Narrator

    Agreed, @dan1. Also, don't forget Point Break.

    1 year agoby @narratorFlag

  9. Dan

    TThough I do like what work I have seen from Bigelow (Near Dark, parts of K-19, and Hurt Locker), and Chastain is busy carving out a solid resume.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  10. Dan

    @thedude-abides I guess for me, I'm not looking at it as a typical film. I was annoyed earlier last year when so many people were crediting Obama with getting Osama. Yes, he gave the go ahead, and it ended up being the right move, but it was the years of frustrating work by the intelligence community, not one man's signing off of the mission, that nabbed the bastard. I read ZDT stays apolitical, and gives us insight into that leg work. I don't give a damn about how award worthy it is, or really who actually stars in it, I just think that story will be fascinating.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  11. thedude-abides

    @dan1 That's true. I suppose that's why I call it the unofficial start of movie season.

    I'm just not a fan of Bigelow's. She's made three decent movies in a 25-year span, in my opinion. If Kyle Chandler and the success of the Hurt Locker are the main selling points of this film, that's not a good sign in my eyes. I'll see it like I did Hunger Games just so I can have an opinion, but I'm dreading having to sit through it for over two and a half hours.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  12. Dan

    @thedude-abides Hey, you're the guy who says the true movie season doesn't start til the fall, so suck it up lol.

    I've heard nothing but high praise for Zero Dark Thirty, that Bigelow created a cold, calculating, accurate depiction of the manhunt.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  13. thedude-abides

    @dan1 Yeah, I'll see it just because of him, but I think it'll be the worst role he's chosen in a while. He's got three more coming out next year to make up for it, though -- the untitled Terrence Malick movie, Only God Forgives, and The Place Beyond the Pines -- so that should more than make up for it.

    But to answer your question, I've got Anna Karenina this week, Hitchc*ck and The Hobbit next week, that piece'a sh*t Zero Dark Thirty on the 19th, and the Christmas Day Double Feature: Les Miserable and Django Unchained. All this backloading of quality films at the end of each year for the sake of awards potential is wearing me thin. It's too much at once.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  14. Dan

    @thedude-abides Movies. You gonna see Gangster Squad still? Its got your boy.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  15. thedude-abides

    @dan1 As far as what?

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  16. Dan

    @thedude-abides So what's next on your radar?

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  17. thedude-abides

    @ejk1 Lol. Thanks, man. It was a low point for me, what can I say?. Anyway, I'm back now, and more bitchin' than ever.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  18. ejk1

    @thedude-abides That's just sad, dude. Your opinions are great. Anybody screws with you, I've got your back.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. thedude-abides

    @dan1, @ejk1, @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Man, did I ever pick the wrong week to work overtime.

    @dan1 Ironically enough, I did create a separate account a while back, around the time I stopped commenting. My goal was to give the same opinions for which I am renown, but to see if, because they weren't coming from me, people still took exception to my perspective. In total, that experiment lasted about 5 minutes.

    1 year agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  20. Dan

    @ejk1 I'm more than happy to steer any conversation to Ice and Fire, any time.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  21. skywise

    @dan1 I've been watching season 2 lately to get ready for season 3 and there are soooo many moments like that - particularly if you have read any of the books. They really have handled the introductin of new characters well too. Not quite like the book but that would be a bit tricky for a tv show.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  22. ejk1

    @dan1@skywise I like how we changed course after over 200 comments.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. Dan

    @skywise Aw man, I got chills when she said that on the show. It was a nice build up and delivery.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  24. skywise

    @dan1 hahaaha! You know nothing, Jon Snow!!!

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  25. Dan

    @skywise Can you really blame the guy? His world sucks balls. Get some where you can.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  26. skywise

    @dan1 Ya i loved that! Especially since that was Jon's first AND he broke his vows.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  27. Dan

    @skywise@ejk1 I thought it was hilarious how in Storm of Swords, there is a Jon Snow chapter of pretty much nothing but Snow and Ygritte F*cking like rabbits haha. There was some mythology thrown in for good measure, but I thought that was great.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  28. ejk1

    @corey Don't make me start picking on you, :P

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  29. Dan

    @ejk1 By the old gods n the new, I believe you.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  30. Corey W.

    I see movies for free, thats how I do it.

    1 year agoby @coreyFlag

  31. skywise

    @ejk1 It is an absolute MUST. I dont have HBO anymore but I too will find a way to watch it.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  32. skywise

    @dan1 Lord knows Arry has been praying for those assassinatins for so long. I really REALLY cant wait until she is finally able to do that.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  33. Nicholaus XX

    @skywise -- Haven't seen the movie, yet.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  34. ejk1

    @skywise@dan1 The books rule. And on March 31, I will find a way to watch. It is known.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  35. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx ooh come on...True Romance! My fav line in the movie.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  36. skywise

    @dan1 Oh ya, definatly marathoning it up with Batman. Back to back to get a real feel for the evolution of the character. I loved the original because it unabashadly reveled in its comic book roots but TDKReturns took it to a whole new lvl...what with the realism added. I love begins because of its comic book trappings but TDKReturns was so uncomic book like and managed to keep it in the realm of the batman world....well hell, what hasn't been said about that movie?

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  37. Dan

    @skywise Brienne and Jaime complete each other, essentially. Equal warriors, and they defend one another's honor as the series progresses. Brienne tones down her need to be accepted around Jaime, and Jaime unwittingly makes for a better knight with her influence. They act how knights should act together.

    Arya is going through an incredible transformation where the series leaves off so far. I fully expect her to assassinate some mofos in the next book.

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  38. Nicholaus XX

    @skywise -- Lol, thanks. Nope, no clue.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  39. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx was there a quote in there? I dont know what it is if there was. You never guessed on mine altho it should be pretty easy for you considering....certain things.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  40. John M

    @dan1: Awesome:) . I plan on buying and watching the trilogy as well. It will be the first box set I've bough in almost a year. I do consider it to be the best comic book trilogy so far and TDKR as the best comic book film so far though I know you have a lesser opinion of the film.

    1 year agoby @john-mFlag

  41. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- I was speaking in general terms.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  42. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx If my opinion is petty, then why do you want it so bad?

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  43. Dan

    @john-m I plan on marathoning Nolan's trilogy this month :)

    1 year agoby @dan1Flag

  44. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Even if it's in a joking manner, about a petty opinion?

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  45. Nicholaus XX

    @skywise -- I think your latter statement should be followed, but to an extent. Once you've stepped on enough toes, you'll reap what I reap. And I don't think many people want that. Yeah, it was easy to watch the same movie, consecutively, when I was a kid. I remember doing that with "Catch That Kid", and "The Polar Express, among many, many others. You won't get any tension from me. Name that flick!

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  46. skywise

    @dan1 You know I meant to say Sandor Clegane. Not Gregor.

    It was that Brienne/Jamie storyline that really started to open my eyes to who Jamie really was. A monster? Yes. But Martin does such a good job of keeping everything grey with no clear bad guys or good guys (as far as human go) that he makes it easy to sympathize with all sides. that is something i have never experienced before.

    Arya is still my favorite and i really REALLY cant wait to see jon with the Wildlings.

    I watched a little behind the scenes and they were showing Jon in that situation so it should be pretty great.

    And Tyrion's banter with EVERYONE is top notch. And he really is the greyest of the characters which makes him one of the most fun to read.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  47. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx It's amusing to see you try and tell me what to do. Not that I'll ever listen, but amusing.

    1 year agoby @ejk1Flag

  48. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx hmmm, I understand that. I have to admit though, that i watched the original Dawn of the Dead like 27 times when i was in high school. There was another movie i watched about that many times, much morerecent but i dont even want to name it because I really dont want to get into a debate about it because....welll...most people I know sort of hated it. Or didnt get it. But I can understand your point on that particular subject.

    But my motto is "f*ck all"

    Do what you do and what you like and who gives a sh*t what others think.

    1 year agoby @skywiseFlag

  49. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- I'm just not in the mood to do so. Spout along, now.

    1 year agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  50. Dan

    @skywise Which actor? They recast the Mountain in season 2. It must be the season 2 guy, because season 1's Mountain was a lot gruffer (and scarier).

    I mostly look forward to Jon Snow's time with the wildlings and Ygritte. Jon gets some serious political education during that period, and Tormund and Ygritte rock. Of course, so does the banter between Jaime and Brienne. And Tyrion.

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