DeHaan is probably best known at this point for his tremendous work as the abused teen-turned-villain in the found footage superhero origin story Chronicle, but the twenty-five year old actor has been exceedingly busy as of late. Most recently, he appeared briefly but memorably in the opening scene of Steven Spielberg's Lincoln. He also turned in a supporting performance in John Hillcoat's Lawless.
Now, he'll play the son of Norman Osborn, who in The Amazing Spider-Man was established as gravely ill. Harry Osborn was previously played by James Franco in Sam Raimi's three Spider-Man movies. DeHaan has a very different presence than his predecessor, and it'll be interesting to see what writers James Vanderbilt, Jeff Pinker, Alex Kurtzman, and Roberto Orci have cooked up for the character.
DeHaan joins Shailene Woodley, who takes over as Mary Jane Watson, and Jamie Foxx, who will play the villainous Electro. DeHaan was one of several very different actors who tested for the role, but he's now full-on confirmed as the young Osborn. Webb himself broke the news via Twitter, tweeting,
Sony then issued a press release making it abundantly clear that Webb wasn't mucking about with a press release. Check it out below:
DANE DeHAAN SET TO JOIN CAST OF THE NEXT INSTALLMENT IN THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN™ TRILOGY
CULVER CITY, Calif., December 3, 2012 – Dane DeHaan will join the cast of the next installment of The Amazing Spider-Man™ along side Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Shailene Woodley as Columbia Pictures prepares to begin production on the next chapter of the blockbuster franchise, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of production for the studio.
The screenplay is by Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be directed by Marc Webb and produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.
The casting of DeHaan as Harry Osborn was confirmed this morning in a tweet by Webb (@MarcW) who wrote “Meet Harry Osborn. So excited to have him on board. @danedehaan.”
“Dane is an exciting and extraordinary young actor and he is a fantastic addition to our cast,” Webb said.
The new film in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2, 2014. Production will begin in early 2013.
Webb, Garfield and Stone previously teamed on this summer’s blockbuster The Amazing Spider-Man, which has taken in more than $751 million worldwide.
DeHaan caught moviegoers’ attention with his performances in four 2012 releases: Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln, opposite Daniel Day-Lewis and Lukas Haas; John Hillcoat’s Lawless, alongside Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, and Jason Clarke; Bradley Rust Gray’s Jack & Diane, with Juno Temple and Riley Keough; and one of the year’s biggest sleeper hits, the adventure thriller Chronicle, directed by Josh Trank. He began his film career with director John Sayles and actor Chris Cooper in Amigo.
DeHaan next stars in Place Beyond the Pines alongside Bradley Cooper and Ryan Gosling. In addition he will star in Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth, about the fate of the West Memphis Three; and John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, with Jack Huston, Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster, and Kyra Sedgwick, set in 1944 amidst the Beat Generation.
Mr. DeHaan first came to industry attention with his portrayal of Jesse in the third season of the critically applauded drama series In Treatment, starring alongside Gabriel Byrne. This was followed by a guest arc in the fourth season of the popular horror series True Blood.
In 2010, he received an Obie Award for his performance in Annie Baker’s The Aliens, directed by Sam Gold. The Rattlestick Theater production was cited as “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. Mr. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in with American Buffalo, Robert Falls’ 2008 staging of the classic David Mamet play.