With the film set to release in May of 2014, the production process for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is starting to heat up. We know that Marc Webb will be back for the sequel, as well as lead actor Andrew Garfield and (most likely) Emma Stone. New to the franchise will be Shailene Woodley, who will be playing Mary Jane in the second and third film. And although we’ve heard grumblings that Electro could be the main baddie, today we’ve finally received a confirmation of sorts…and a baffling choice of star to play the character.
Variety was the first to break the news, reporting that Sony was currently in talks with Jamie Foxx to take on the role of Electro in the superhero sequel. Adding fuel to the fire (a.k.a basically confirming that the rumor is true), Jamie Foxx sent a pretty revealing tweet out last night. “Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fit well.” Well wait…what the hell could that mean?!
Yes, it seems like Sony is courting the actor to play Spider-Man’s famous electricity welding menace (the only one of his arch foes to have electricity…the ONLY one). And honestly, my opinions are mixed about it. Well I like Jamie Foxx, he just doesn’t fit the part of Electro, or ANY bad guy for that matter. And it has nothing to do with race—I could give a shit whether or not Electro was black. But I just can’t picture Foxx really playing menacing—he’s the kind of guy you’d want to go get a beer with, not one with malice and evil in his heart. Then again, it’s possible that Foxx could pull off menacing—his Collateral co-star Tom Cruise certainly did. Still…chalk me up as hesitant for this one.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014.