The Hollywood Reporter announced another big name added to the impressive cast of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” While the Marvel Studios films have impressed a lot of people with the names signed to work on those movies, Marc Webb continues to fill his superhero franchise with some of the best actors in Hollywood. The most recent signing is that of Chris Cooper to play Norman Osborn, one of Spider-Man’s deadliest enemies, and someone portrayed by Willem Defoe in Sam Raimi’s original “Spider-Man.”
Cooper joins a cast that has an abundance of award winners in its ranks.
Starting at the top of the cast is Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield. While many showed concern at his casting as Peter Parker, he knocked it out of the park with his performance and brought Spider-Man into a new generation. Garfield was an award winning actor before taking on the role of Spider-Man, receiving a BAFTA award for his breakout performance in “Boy A,” a Golden Globes nomination for his role in David Fincher’s “The Social Network” and critical acclaim for his performance in the indie sci-fi movie “Never Let Me Go.”
Emma Stone plays love interest Gwen Stacy and matches Garfield’s Golden Globe nomination with one of her own for “Easy A.” She also was part of a number of ensemble awards for her performance in “The Help” and won the MTV Best Comedic Performance award in 2011 for “Easy A” and the MTV Trailblazer Award in 2012.
There might also be a love triangle coming because Mary Jane Watson appears in “Amazing Spider-Man 2” as well. Instead of the sexy bombshell that Mary Jane is in the comics, Webb cast Shailene Woodley in the role. While Woodley doesn’t have the sex appeal, she does have a Golden Globes nomination for “The Descendants,” a performance that also won her numerous critics awards.
Sally Field plays Peter’s Aunt May and was just at the Oscars this year with a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in “Lincoln.” Field did not win this year, but has two Oscar statues at home already, both Best Actress awards for “Places in the Heart” and “Norma Rae.”
Playing the first bad guy announced for the movie is Jamie Foxx as Electro. Foxx didn’t receive an Oscar nomination for “Django Unchained,” but he has been to the Oscars twice as a nominee, both in 2004. Foxx won that year for Best Actor for “Ray,” while also receiving a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for “Collateral.”
The second bad guy announced is Rhino, played by Paul Giamatti. While the Oscars have only noticed Giamatti once, with a nomination for “Cinderella Man,” The Golden Globes has honored him with five nominations and two wins. He won a Best Actor for his role in “Barney’s Version” and Best Actor in a Mini Series for “John Adams.” He also received nominations for ‘Too Big to Fail,” “Cinderella Man” and “Sideways.”
That brings us to Chris Cooper, a man who has only received one Oscar nomination, but he won in his only trip there for his supporting role in “Adaptation.” As the latest member of the cast who knows exactly what it means to turn in award winning acting performances, it is clear the future looks bright for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
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