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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. Nicholaus XX

    Wikipedia, here I come.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  2. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- I've seen a little bit of it. So, what you're telling me is, Jamie Foxx is sporadically great?

    @ejk1 -- Because I've seen the basic merits laid out for his character on the video-games?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  3. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- Did you mean in terms of movies, or real life? I thought it you were referring to the context of films, and films alone. But, judging by your reply, it seems you threw reality into the mix.

    And yet, I do. Shocking.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  4. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx But how can you think "Electro" when you admittedly know nothing about the character?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  5. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Clearly you haven't seen the movie Ray.

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  6. ejk1

    @moviegeek But Max Dillon has to be in the middle. He's older than Parker. The whole point is that Spider-Man is supposed to start his career as a teenaged crimefighter going up against older, more dangerous people. If you have a gripe, it's with the casting of Garfield and even Stone. Neither near the high school age, neither look like high schoolers.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  7. Nicholaus XX

    @ghostman -- Jamie Foxx is a great actor? Lol. He's okay, I guess. But, great? Nah!

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  8. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Well, I can't see Foxx embodying the role portrayed near the end of the last Spider-Man, or the one in the video-games. When I think Electro, Jamie Foxx is the last person that comes to mind. Might as well cast Will Smith.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  9. Dan

    @ejk1 :)

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  10. John M

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx: You must lead a very disappointing life. You need to relax enjoy life and films instead of being overly critical about everything. You won't find any enjoyment in life that way.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  11. Ghostman

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Jamie Foxx is a great actor, what do you have against him?

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  12. moviegeek

    don't like it. Seems weird to have a middle aged actor in a cast full of young stars or older actors.

    2 years agoby @moviegeekFlag

  13. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx How would you know he's miscast in a role you know nothing about?

    @dan1 I like how you thumbs downed it without seeing the first film. In that second, you told everyone you don't like Foxx. And you're on Nick's side, hahahaha! :P

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  14. Nicholaus XX

    @ejk1 -- Nothing, actually. But, that doesn't mean I can't think of the guy as a miscast. It doesn't take a fanboy to realize that Josh Peck would make a terrible Batman. It's "Daredevil" all over again.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  15. Dan

    Alright alright, I'll watch the first movie tonight so I can join this conversation, of which I know is gonna blow up fast.

    2 years agoby @dan1Flag

  16. Nicholaus XX

    @john-m -- Never. What has optimism done for me?

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  17. ejk1

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx Just out of curiosity, and because I'm bored, exactly what do you know about Electro?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  18. John M

    @XxNickTheFilmCriticXx: When are you ever optimistic?

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  19. Nicholaus XX

    Yet another miscast. And people expect me to be optimistic? This isn't looking too good.

    2 years agoby @XxNickTheFilmCriticXxFlag

  20. John M

    I like it as well. I know when there was a article about this rumor of Jamie Fox playing Electro many people complained. Jamie Fox is a good actor and I think is a good fit for the villain. From the casting I've seen this film might be a step up from the disappointing first film.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  21. Ghostman

    Most exciting news I've heard all day!

    2 years agoby @ghostmanFlag

  22. ejk1

    I think this is good, especially if Foxx shaves his head. He would look just like Max Dillon did during The Gauntlet arc (albeit darker). No need for a mask, just attitude, and Foxx has plenty of that.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

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