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Oscar-winner Chris Cooper has been cast to star in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, playing Norman Osborn.
Norman Osborn is an important figure in Spider-Man lore, since he later becomes the Green Goblin. The character was played by Willem DaFoe in Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man film and did become the villain in that movie. However, Variety notes that it’s more likely that Norman will not become the Goblin until the third film in new Spider-Man series.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already has Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti in villain roles as Electro and Rhino. Dane DeHaan will play Harry Osborn and Shailene Woodley has joined as Mary Jane. Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are returning as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey, respectively.
Alex Kurtzman & Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner wrote the script and Marc Webb has returned to direct.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is slated for a May 2, 2014 release.
Cooper recently starred in Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep and is working on August: Osage County.