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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 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.

Sources: Sony Pictures, Entertainment Tonight

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  1. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx How hard is it to read?

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  2. Nicholaus XX

    @skywise -- Oh, no. I didn't mean it like that. It was the fact that they could watch a recently released picture multiple times. I couldn't do that with the films that I adore with a passion.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. John M

    I'm the other way I saw TDKR 8 times, The Avengers 2 times and TASM 1 time, and that's how I rank them as films.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  4. skywise

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Although you have your opinions on the film Avengers (and I do respect that) many of us found it to be very entertaining and fun.

    "Dont condescend me, man . I'll f*ckin kill ya man!" - name that movie.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  5. skywise

    @dan1 cant blame you for not watching TASM again but I do eventually wan to give it one more chance...mainly to focus on the actual film making process as apposed to the spectacle of the film. BTW your link to the faux trailer was hillarious.

    "babyhead" made me laugh and my roomate looked at me like I was crazy.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  6. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- 6 times? Damn, man. I don't know how you and @corey do it.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Oh, come on. Do I have to hold a piece of a cardboard box to get your attention?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Dan

    @skywise Seen Avengers 6 times, TDKR 2 times, and will never watch TASM ever again.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  9. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- I wish I knew. As long as no jabs are included, I'll see to it.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  10. skywise

    @dan1 After reading thru several of the novels I have found myself liking jamie more and more. In fact, where he was once one of my least favs has become one of the ones I really look forward to reading about. Also Samwell has becoming very interesting. I love the Reeds and I have high hopes they will get it right. i really have no doubt.

    On a side note....did you know that the actor who plays gregor Clegane was the same actor who played the final engineer in Prometheus?

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  11. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Nope, no summary. I won't help the lazy.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  12. skywise

    @dan1 I agree with you assessment of Avengers vs TKDR vs TASM. I've seen Avengers 4 times, TDKR 2 and I probably wont be watching TASM for quite some time.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  13. Dan


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  14. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Oh man, that was a clever comeback. How do you come up with those zingers?

    Ironically, though, it does seem like we have a 2v2 thing going on here. Like you and Dude, @ejk1 and I tend to see things eye to eye because of our tastes.

    Lets leave things at this- you work on being less condescending when talking with people, you know, try talking to them as if they are a human being with a modic*m of intelligence, too, and I will lighten up on my 'assumptions' and making an 'as' of myself.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  15. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- I don't read reviews anymore. Maybe some time in the near future. Give a quick summary/comparison, if you must.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  16. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I guess that would be someone not on Facebook. Someone isn't that bright, lol.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  17. skywise

    @narrator I have neve really been a huge fan of the RED cameras. i agree that the cinematogropher is responsable for the look of the film and I agree with you. I would much rather see SPider Man shot with film. I doubt that will happen but one can hope.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  18. Nicholaus XX

    Someone thought @dan1 and @ejk1 were the same people.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- Nope. Amusing guess, though.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx That you're really @thedude-abides on another account, messing with people? Cuz that would explain a lot :P

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  21. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx I reviewed both. Read them.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  22. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- Do I really have to reveal my secret?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  23. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx You certainly paint a nice, amicable picture of yourself.

    Lets take your discussion with Felipe-11 as an example. Felipe pointed out the ways The Terminator had a deep impact on cinema as a whole, with exciting themes many enjoy. Every time he would cite specific examples, if you weren't on the level with him, you would attempt to paint him in an incompetent light. Granted, it all boiled down to his opinion versus your own, but you have a condescending, dismissive attitude when chatting with people. I've never thought that you're stupid, just a jerk. At least that's my issue with you, and why I generally steer clear of talking to you, because I loathe with a passion when talked to in that manner. And I know it stems from your constant skepticism and doubtfulness, something you may mature out of with time. Or not.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  24. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Duly noted. "Green Lantern", or "The Amazing Spider-Man"?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  25. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx You write in an odd manner. Don't do that fragmented bullsh*t when/if you get to college.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  26. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- That wasn't a trick question, by the way.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  27. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- I use to, and boy, did I try. I recently thought I could get into graphic novels, but after "Kick-Ass", I had to discard them as a whole. I enjoyed it, but it just wasn't my kind of thing. Nope. I made that blatantly known, posts ago. Depends. I'm the kind of guy who pays respects where it's due. I may hate the movie (The Dark Knight Rises), but even I have to admit if their actually okay/decent. "Warrior" was okay, "The Help" was okay, and so on. I'm kind of indifferent, so take that as you'd like. Yes, people have. But, I'm obviously not truly abhorred. Even the people that tell me such things [that you mentioned] admit that I'm a cool guy.

    I can't stress how much I pay respects where their due, so I'll include examples. We may not get along, but if I see you have a great review, I'll admit to it, and thumb it up. I'm not completely biased. I did the same with @ejk1, and even went as far as commenting, even when I knew it wasn't going to reap a reply. @bryanyentz consistently writes outstanding reviews, and I rave over them. That guy is on another planet.

    @thedude-abides and I just happen to have a lot in common. If I genuinely think someone wrote a great review, created a great list, has a great avatar, I'll let it be known. I do not, ass-kiss, I repeat. I (repeat the given statement). So, could you stop with that shenanigans?

    I fail to see what I'm doing wrong. I must be blind. Throw out some specific examples, and abhorrent traits, and I'll try to mend them. This is getting old.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  28. Dan

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx So you do like comic books, know about Electro, and do like popular, generally accepted as good movies? And there hasn't been several people on Movieweb who have told you to lighten up on constant negativity? Everything I just said was true by your own admissions and other peoples comments I've observed. If you take offense to that, you should, because you're an unpleasant individual.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  29. Nicholaus XX

    @dan1 -- Harsh, misguided, vague criticism. Speculation. As we were just discussing. You're entitled to that, but go easy on the assumptions; pass a borderline, and you'll make yourself look like an ass. You already have, but food for thought.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  30. ejk1

    @dan1 Sh*ts and giggles.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  31. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Except for the fact that you have no evidence to base you're position on, yes, we're equally right. But, then again, since I can support my position, and you can't, I guess I'm just a little more right than you.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  32. Dan

    @ejk1 Why are you still wasting your time with @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx? He admitted he doesn't like comic books, doesn't know anything about Electro, and everyone on Movieweb knows all Nick cares about is disliking what's popular and making sure to be contrarian on every single subject (unless you're @thedude-abides, the guy Nick worships. Too bad Nick doesn't have 1/4 the class Dude does. At least people enjoy Dude's presence).

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  33. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- Which was worse, "Green Lantern", or "The Amazing Spider-Man"?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  34. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- You could use the same statement on yourself. I'm as right as you are, at this point. Shall I bring in "boat" bit? We'll just have to wait, and see.

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

    It's too bad "The Avengers" was in the borderline league as "The Amazing Spider-Man".

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  35. John M

    @dan1: Who thought TASM was better then Avengers. Now I'm not one of those fans who thought the Avengers was the best thing ever, but it was a great film and far superior to Spiderman. The only thing I enjoyed about the film was Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. They had great chemistry and their scenes together is what made the film average, without them it would have been a below average comic book film.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  36. Dan

    @ejk1 Super agreed.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  37. ejk1

    @dan1 Avengers>TDKR>ASM.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  38. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Clear enough for what. Nothing was there to make an identification. He's credited as being "the Man in the Shadows," which certainly is a more fitting name for Osborn than Electro. You keep saying continuity error, but you still haven't given any proof that it was. Ambiguity clearly is beyond your grasp.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  39. Dan

    Hell, TDKR was a Damn masterpiece in comparison. TASM actually elevated that film quite a bit in my mind. Thanks, TASM.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  40. Dan

    Oh oh, before I forget to say it... To the people who thought TASM was better than Avengers, all I can say is Bahahahahahahaha!!! What a funny joke.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  41. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- A clear face was shown, clear enough, at least. Based on how the scene was set, the fan speculation, and the given villain, that seems like enough evidence. It doesn't matter. A continuity error is a continuity error.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  42. CUPID

    Good luck.

    2 years agoby @cupidFlag

  43. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx No clear shot of the face, no name. That could have been Osborne. As far as continuity, I refer to Batman/Batman Returns in regards to the character of Harvey Dent. I could name other instances as well.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  44. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- He still didn't look like any teenager I know. But, yeah. The script needs mending.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  45. Monkeyiron 2.0

    I so hope Electro looks like the spectacular version

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  46. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- I was wrong, in one context, and I admitted it. Get over it, man. Yes, there was. You could see the guy's face, what are you talking about? It was speculated that it was Electro, and le and behold, Electro is the lead villain. Coincidence? I think not.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  47. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Oh, and as for Tobey, it's more forgivable because he was in high school for the first half hour before moving to a college setting. Then in Spider-Man 2, two years went by. In short, they aged him during the trilogy to make it look more reality based. If they keep Garfield in high school, they will be making a huge mistake.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  48. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx No, it's because you're wrong. And again, no continuity error. No facial recognition was made, no no name thrown out, just mere speculation by some. You have no concrete proof. Unless Webb and co. state it outright, you cannot say for certain that it was Electro.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  49. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- I don't know about that, Tobey sure as hell didn't look like a teenager either, and no one had an issue with that. Both miscasts, when it comes to age, in my book.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

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