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Casting Watch: Dane DeHaan Beats Eddie Redmayne for Harry Osborn Role in 'Amazing Spider-Man 2'

Thompson on Hollywood By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 4, 2012 at 12:00PM

Dane DeHaan, who starred in "Chronicle" and has had minor roles this year in both "Lincoln" and "Lawless," has been cast as Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan will take over the role from James Franco in Sam Raimi's first three "Spider Man" films, and joins leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as franchise newcomers Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx (who was recently confirmed to play villain Electro).
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Dane DeHaan
Dane DeHaan

Dane DeHaan, who starred in "Chronicle" and has had minor roles this year in both "Lincoln" and "Lawless," has been cast as Harry Osborn in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." DeHaan will take over the role from James Franco in Sam Raimi's first three "Spider Man" films, and joins leads Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, as well as franchise newcomers Shailene Woodley and Jamie Foxx (who was recently confirmed to play villain Electro).

Marc Webb, who directed the first "Amazing Spider-Man," is set to direct the sequel. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci of "Star Trek" success, along with Jeff Pinker, are penning the new script, which comes from a previous draft by James Vanderbilt (who wrote the first "Amazing Spider-Man" and David Fincher's "Zodiac").

Next up for DeHaan is the Derek Cianfrance crime thriller "Place Beyond the Pines," which had first screenings at Toronto in September, the Atom Egoyan West Memphis Three narrative feature "Devil's Knot," and the thriller "Kill Your Darlings," which was recently announced as part of the competition lineup at Sundance.

Eddie Redmayne, who has earned rave response acting and singing in Tom Hooper's "Les Miserables," was at one point up for the role of Osborn. He also reportedly has been reading for Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." Word is his next big role could be in the next Wachowskis film, Warner Bros. sci-fi actioner "Jupiter Ascending," set to star Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.