Academy Award-winning actor Chris Cooper (Adaptation) is set to star as Norman Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin, in Marc Webb‘s sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.
The character of Osborn was played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi‘s Spidey trilogy, but Cooper is rather terrific casting.
The shady character was teased in last year’s The Amazing Spider-Man, but we never saw his face. It remains to be seen if Cooper will put on the mask of his alter-ego, the Green Goblin and fight Spider-Man as other two super-villains which already includes Jamie Foxx‘s Electro and Paul Giamatti‘s Rhino are more than enough for one movie.
However, Osborn is a central character in Spider-Man/Peter’s life, starting off as a mentor and brilliant industrialist before turning bad.
Dane DeHaan has already been cast as his son, Harry Osborn along with Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson, and Felicity Jones possibly as the thief Black Cat.
The film stars, of course, Andrew Garfield as the webslinger.
The screenplay by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner is based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently in production in NYC, as recent set-pics have proven.
The film hits theaters May 2nd, 2014.
As for Cooper, he’ll next be seen in August: Osage County.