In news sure to disappoint all of you hoping James Franco would reprise his role as Harry Osborn, the producers of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have cast Peter Parker‘s best friend. (Though honestly, I wouldn’t have put it past James to do some performance-art deal where he acted with a bunch of kids a decade younger than him.) Meet Dane DeHaan!
First off, Dane bears an eerie resemblance to Willem Dafoe, who played Harry’s dad Norman Osborn in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. (And yes, I would welcome back Willem Dafoe in a heartbeat.) Norman was mentioned several times during The Amazing Spider-Man; he seemed to be saddled with some mysterious health condition that Dr. Connors’ genetic experiments might be able to cure. Since Norman’s backstory is different in the reboot, it stands to reason that Harry might not be the cocky pretty-boy that James Franco played him as, but will somehow factor into Peter Parker’s life differently.
Or maybe he and Andrew Garfield will duke it out over Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) and/or Mary Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley). But for the moment, we know very little about Harry Osborn. So let’s find out more about Dane DeHaan instead!
1. Dane has starred in so many projects in the past few years that it’s likely wherever you know him from is different from someone else: In Treatment, True Blood, Lawless, Chronicle, Lincoln. But you’ve definitely seen him somewhere.
2. Despite being only 25, Dane is a married man! He got hitched to his Chronicle co-star Anna Wood earlier this year. They tweet cute stuff like this at each other:
They also star in funny CollegeHumor sketches equating wifi networks with prostitutes. God love ‘em.
3. Even before he got the part of Harry, Dane had plenty of impressive projects lined up. He’ll appear in The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling and Kill Your Darlings with Daniel Radcliffe.
4. Before filming Lawless in early 2011, Dane actually road-tripped with co-star Shia LaBeouf all the way from Los Angeles to the set in Georgia. So we know that he has a saintly amount of patience. Not that he has to worry about that from his Amazing Spider-Man 2 co-stars, but still.
5. Judging from Tumblr’s reaction, the majority of fans completely accept this casting. Dane is pretty psyched, too:
Also, this GIF of him torturing a spider in Chronicle is eerily fitting, now.
GIF: 30secondstocalifornia (Tumblr)