A Face to the Character: Harry Osborn in ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’

For me, James Franco killed it as Harry Osborn in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy. I thought ever casting choice was timeless and would be hard to replace with Sony’s The Amazing Spiderman. In my eyes they didn’t top the original cast but with characters from the original trilogy (god I’m referring to it like Star Wars now) still being cast in the rebooted series it’s possible that someone could run away with a great performance here, highly doubtful though. There was a relative online interest for who would play the next Peter Parker so for his best bud why not stir up some of the same buzz. Following I’ve listed some choices of actors I think could probably do the character justice. The difficulty of this is I really have no idea what this new Harry Osborn is like, so all I can really do is wing it. The community should follow and wing it with me. Throw some names out there and get the stew stirring. The real problem is that the actor can’t be too big, but can still handle a franchise like Spiderman. First off, the kids gotta have a face, easy on the eyes. He’s also gotta have some street cred, maybe a movie or two to his name, he doesn’t have to be first billed since he ain’t being cast as no main character.

3. Dave Franco

Alright, so this first one is kind of a joke, but the kid ain’t bad. Why couldn’t he play the part? He can play the dick friend like he did in 21 Jump Street. What better way to continue this sidekick franchise, have a diet coke of a film, harbor a diet coke actor.

2. Alex Russell

If you saw Chronicle and were surprised by how damn good it was, you’ll agree that Mr. Russell is one of the best parts of the film. His surprising rise to duty upon his unexpected psychic encounter was an impressive transition. Any film that has you disliking the character from the beginning and liking him by the end, is both very talented film making and talented acting. His transition and ability to pull empathy gives me confidence he can play the role.

1. Nicholas Hoult

Remember the little boy from About A Boy, or Beast from X-Men First Class? He’s lasted this long, might as well see how much more he’s got in him. He’s great in both films though to be honest I probably should view X-Men first class again before I really commit to that statement. Maybe he looks a little too British but I could buy him as a privileged son of a millionaire living in New York City.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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  1. Taylor Ramsey

    If my vopte counted, it would be cast for Hoult. He is amazing in everything he does.

  2. Fernando

    This is an interesting discussion… My Top three:
    3. Joseph Levit
    2. Edgar Wright
    1. Anton Yelchin (!)

  3. Corey Koepper

    I think Alex Russell’s a great choice, and a likely one too, considering he already gave a superb performance in a superhero film.

  4. David Tatlow

    I really liked Alex Russell’s performance in Chronicle, but Hoult is an intriguing possibility (also has superhero movie experience). I wouldn’t mind seeing someone with some real presence take on the role, giving the relationship the extra weight that McAvoy and Fassbender/Stewart and McKellen give to Xavier and Magneto in the various X-Men films. JGL could pull it off, but I think we could wind up with a very odd choice that we may well have overlooked.

  5. GothamRogue

    Of those three my vote would go to Alex Russell for sure!

  6. Mike G

    I don’t know who will play Harry Osbourne, but they need to nail Norman Osbourne’s casting. Dafoe was brilliant in the role! I’m just happy I don’t have to deal with Kirsten Dunst’s MJ anymore. She was god awful haha.

  7. Mike G

    Haha well Alex Russell’s co-star in Chronicle Dane Dehaan has been cast in the role.

  8. It seems like your going for a particular type.

  9. It looks like they went for a totally different option, don’t you think?

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