We’ve already seen plenty of casting news surrounding the sequel to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, including two villains, with Jamie Fox set to play Electro and Paul Giammatti as The Rhino. Now we’ve learned that Chris Cooper will join them as the villainous Norman Osborn, the alter ego of Spider-Man’s arch nemesis, The Green Goblin.
The Green Goblin would be the first villain to appear both in Sam Rami’s trilogy and the rebooted series. In all likelihood however we will probably not see Norman turn into the Goblin until the third film, or at least the very end of Amazing Spidey 2, with the focus instead being on Electro and Rhino.
Osborn was mentioned multiple times in The Amazing Spider-Man and was strongly hinted to be connected to the disappearance of Peter’s Parents and his backstory. Osborn also appeared briefly in a mid-credits scene, but was nothing more than an evil voice and a pair of writhing hands.
Another character who eventually dons the alter ego of The Green Goblin, Norman’s son Harry, was cast a while ago, Dane DeHaan of Chronicle will play the younger Osborn. Others joining the cast is Shailene Woodley who will play Spidey’s most well-known love interest, Mary Jane Watson.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters May 2nd 2014.