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Chris Cooper Is The New Willem Dafoe, Will Play Green Goblin In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'

by Kevin Jagernauth
February 27, 2013 2:25 PM
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Chris Cooper Green Goblin comic

As if "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" couldn't be more stuffed with characters, with Jamie Foxx already on board as Electro, and Paul Giamatti as Rhino, here comes yet another. Yep, Green Goblin is coming to the franchise that has since given up claiming it will be "the untold story."

This time around, the usually solid Chris Cooper will put on Willem Dafoe's green suit as the villain, playing Norman Osborne, who you already know is the father of Harry Osborne, slated to be played by Dane DeHaan. There's no word yet on if Cooper is a fully fledged baddie at his point, or will start flying around scaring people in "The Amazing Spider-Man 3." Or maybe he'll pass on his villainous steez to his progeny in an epic part two. Either way, director Marc Webb is certainly upping the ante on the followup, but whenever comic movies tend to cram in characters, history hasn't been kind.

Filming is already underway, with Webb tweeting and Instagramming photos at a prodigious rate. We presume there will be some kind of Comic-Con presentation for fans this summer, and the movie will sling into theaters on May 2, 2014 with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Felicity Jones, Shailene Woodley, Martin Sheen and more. [THR]

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  • james | February 28, 2013 4:38 AMReply

    I don't really give a sh*t, but wasn't there a lesson to be learned from Spiderman 3? More characters doesn't necessarily make a better movie. That said, if anything's going to make this a better movie, it's Chris Cooper. He makes anything better.

  • Alan B | February 28, 2013 6:35 PM

    Or maybe - just maybe - the lesson SHOULD be: it doesn't matter how many villains there are in the story, there should be the right amount for the story the filmmakers are telling. You know, something like 'Batman Begins' has lots of villains when you think about it: Ra's, the Scarecrow, Falcone, as well as minor antagonists. There is no formula that says "X = the right amount of villains". That said, Webb has got to do a lot to improve on the last film, but the casting, choice of film over digital and the choice of characters is a step in the right direction.

  • Edward Davis | February 28, 2013 9:29 AM

    " don't really give a sh*t, but wasn't there a lesson to be learned from Spiderman 3?" Amen!

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