Rumors surfaced this week that Jamie Foxx ("Ray", the upcoming "Django Unchained") is in talks to play the villain Electro in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2".
To add fuel to the fires of fandom, at a recent press conference for the DVD release of "The Amazing Spider-Man", director Marc Webb hinted that we may be hearing a confirmation on at least one part of this story in the coming days.
When asked directly if Foxx would appear in the highly anticipated sequel, the director coyly responded:
"I think Jamie Foxx is electrifying! I think Jamie Foxx is one of the best actors around today. He's such a great character actor and he's a really brilliant guy. I would love to work with him and you'll be hearing more on that shortly, I'm sure."
Webb inadvertently hinted at one possible villain (other than Electro) that we may see in the film when he was asked about some of his favorite characters in the franchise:
"I like Electro," Webb conceded. "I'm fascinated by Norman Osborn and the different inflections of him. And Harry. Mary Jane and Gwen are always interesting to me."
Norman Osborn was, of course, referenced in "The Amazing Spider-Man".
Shailene Woodley was recently cast as Mary Jane Watson in the film and it is being reported that Harry Osborn is being cast as well. We're not certain what that means in terms of the particulars of the storyline for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2", but Webb emphasized that the focus will, of course, stay on Peter Parker.
"What makes villains interesting to me is what they bring out in Peter. What challenges they provide for him. What's great about Marvel and other comics is that often there's a pre-existing relationship... It's not just about the physical conflict he has, but the emotional ones as well."
The director also stressed that this film would allow him to take the character places that we have not yet seen.
"What's exciting about moving forward is that, in the first movie, I had to still honor some of the important elements of the origin story. But I also wanted to redefine the context of it because I'm building a different universe than what we've seen before. A lot of the nuance is quite different. Now, as we're approaching the sequel, it's really exciting because I feel quite liberated. I have a universe that's my own. I don't have an obligation to the origin story. It's pretty fun and exciting and I can dig deeper into the parents."
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Shailene Woodley are set to star in the highly anticipated sequel. Webb directs from a script by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens in AMC Theatres on May 2, 2014.
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