Chris Cooper to Play the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-man 2!

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As Marc Webb and co. begin production on the sequel to the reboot of the Spider-man franchise, a familiar villain will return to the screen, played by Chris Cooper.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Cooper will play Norman Osborn in the upcoming Amazing Spider-man 2, filling out the huge supporting cast beneath Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone.

The actor is probably best known for his dramatic turn in 1999’s Best Picture winner American Beauty, where he played a hard-nosed, military father insecure with his sexuality. He has taken on more villainous roles in The Bourne Identity, and more recently The Muppets. 

As of now, it is unclear whether Cooper will don the costume in this sequel or the proposed third film.

The inclusion of Norman Osborn in the flesh, as opposed to his shadowy inclusion in the first film, comes after the casting of his son, Harry Osborn, and the new Mary Jane Watson. They will be played by Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) respectively.

The villains confirmed to appear in the film are Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti).

It is likely that Webb is setting up the “Death of Gwen Stacy” storyline from the comics, in which the Green Goblin kills Spider-man’s girlfriend (one of the few comic book deaths that actually sticks).

The Amazing Spider-man 2 is currently shooting in New York, planning on being the first Spider-man film to be shot entirely in the state, and is scheduled to hit theaters May 2, 2014.

By Matt Dougherty

One Response to Chris Cooper to Play the Green Goblin in The Amazing Spider-man 2!

  1. Ryan Rose says:

    Shaylene Woodley is going to be Mary Jane!?

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