One might argue that there’s a definite lack of enthusiasm out there for an Amazing Spider-Man 2, but time marches on and so does development. Now we already know the casting news about Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and Jamie Foxx as Electro, but Paul Giamatti as the Rhino?!?!?! That’s new.
The potential casting was broken by The Hollywood Reporter (via MTV). Giamatti would join Foxx as the two antagonists that Spider-Man (played again by Andrew Garfield), will have to save the day from in the superhero sequel. If this rumor/news sounds familiar, you’re right. Giamatti’s long been attached to the role of Rhino in the Spider-Man films, so much so that he’s even discussed it on the record.
“The Rhino was fantastic. He was, like, a Russian guy. He was real fast and he hit stuff real hard,” he said in a 2011 interview on Conan O’Brien. “He had, like, a rhino suit on, and his face was sticking out of the rhino suit and he had a horn.”
If this is true, I’m not sure what to think of the news. I don’t think the problem with Amazing 1 was not enough villains, but the fact that they didn’t really flesh out the characters and their motivations enough. Is there going to be enough oxygen to rectify that in part two, with Peter, Gwen and Aunt May being joined by Harry, Electro, Rhino, Mary Jane and possibly Norman Osborn? And while it’s true that old standards about big casts in superhero movies having a negative has been lampshaded by the likes of Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight movies and The Avengers, the last time a Spider-Man movie started to feel this bloated was Spider-Man 3. And we all know how well that turned out…
“It’s incredible,” says Foxx. “Especially for my little daughter, who is there for the make-up tests and everything. It’s another testament to Quentin Tarantino because without Django, I wouldn’t be doing Spider-Man.”
So what does Foxx have up his sleeves for Electro? “I’m going to keep it close to the chest but I followed the Spider-Man comic books,” he says. “And I would watch the television show growing up. It’s a blessing.”
Well, at least somebody’s happy about what’s coming up in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
More news as it develops.