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Casting Change-Up for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”

Last week, it was reported that casting for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” was underway for the part of Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn. Actors such as Brady Corbet (“Melancholia,”) Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle,”) and Alden Ehrenreich (the soon to be released “Beautiful Creatures,”) were current frontrunners for the position. It was leaked from inside sources that the part of Harry Osborn would be more “dark and edgy.” Apparently, “dark and edgy” is out, and Sony Pictures and the producers have flip-flopped and want someone who is more athletic and good looking for the role.

A new group of actors are currently testing for the part. Those in the running are: British actor Sam Claflin who appeared in “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” and “Snow White & the Huntsman;” Eddie Redmayne, a second British actor who had a role in “My Week with Marilyn,” and who will soon be seen in “Les Miserables;” Douglas Booth who had a part in “LOL,” and who is currently working on director Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah;” and Boyd Holbrook, an American actor who appeared in “The Big C,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” and in the upcoming adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s “The Host.”

“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is expected to begin production in early 2013, and will be released in 3D on May 2, 2014. The film will star Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Shailene Woodley, and Jaime Foxx (rumored.) Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner wrote the screenplay based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce, while Marc Webb will direct.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter