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Shooting is already under way for Marc Webb's 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' but that doesn't mean a few more names can't be added to the cast roster. As if Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) were not enough of a challenge, now Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) must also contend with Norman Osborn. Osborn of course is the villainous head of Oscorp Industries who moonlighted as the sinister Green Goblin. The character was played in Sam Raimi's filmic Spidey universe by Willem Dafoe. Now it appears Chris Cooper ('American Beauty') has signed on to take over the role for the 'Amazing Spider-Man' sequel. At this time, it is not known if Cooper's Osborn will make the transition to Green Goblin in this particular sequel. 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is due in theaters May 2, 2014.
Cooper is an excellent choice for Osborn. He's so good at playing villains that his Tex Richman from 'The Muppets' was just as much a caricature of himself as it was of movie bad guys in general. It was inevitable that we would be getting a new Norman Osborn. As great as Dafoe was in the role, Sony/Colombia has made it more than apparent that they are looking for a clean break from Raimi's universe, hence their giving us the second Spider-Man origin story in ten years. However, I would implore the screenwriters to exercise caution as to how Norman is utilized. He should absolutely not become the Green Goblin in this film, or at least not until the very end as a bridge to the next film. One of the key problems with 'Spider-Man 3,' as with many superhero movies like it, is that it didn't know how to balance all of its villains. You had Venom, Sandman, and the Harry Osborn Green Goblin all jockeying for prominence within the story. Three villains in one movie this early in the new franchise is entirely too many. Osborn should be the guy pulling the strings in the background, but if he actually dons the mask and hops on the glider, 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' is going to be every bit as woefully crowded and unwieldy as 'Spider-Man 3.'
What do you guys think? Happy that Cooper is playing Osborn? Should the actual Green Goblin factor heavily into this sequel?