Chris Cooper Joins ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′: Who Is He Playing?

Chris Cooper

Chris Cooper has just joined Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. He will play the character of Norman Osborn, adding to the already lengthy list of villains, THR reports.

Osborn is the alter ego of Green Goblin – who was played by Willem Dafoe in the original Spider-Man movies franchise – though it is unclear whether Cooper will portray that evolution into a villain in this film or in an upcoming sequel. Osborn starts out as a mentor to Spider-Man before turning bad. But even without Osborn as Green Goblin, there are already two other villains confirmed for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as The Rhino.

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Along with Foxx and Giamatti, Cooper joins Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as they reprise their roles as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, along with newcomers Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Parker, Dane DeHaan as Norman’s son Harry Osborn, and Felicity Jones, though her character has not yet been revealed. The speculation on who Jones will be playing is Felicia Hardy, and possibly Hardy’s alter ego, The Black Cat.

In the sequel, Peter Parker’s life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen, high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro, emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn, returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

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Webb will return to direct, with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is set to hit theaters in 3D on May 2, 2014. 

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