Spider-Man 2 is looking for its Harry Osborn, the college-aged kid who befriends Peter Parker but ultimately becomes Spider-Man’s deadliest enemy. James Franco played the part in the Sam Raimi trilogy. By bringing gravitas to what easily could have been a second-banana role, Franco parlayed the movies into a significant film career -- and an Oscars co-hosting gig.
The Osborn part, which originally called for a bigger, athletic actor, is being reconfigured and now is targeting a more “dark and edgy" actor , according to two insiders. Names bandied about include Brady Corbet (Melancholia), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Alden Ehrenreich (the upcoming Beautiful Creatures), though there could be other names in the mix because the character is evolving.