UPDATE: According to THR, Booth is indeed testing for Harry Osborn, along with “Les Miserables” actor Eddie Redmayne, “Pirates of the Caribbean”‘s Sam Claflin and “The Host” star Boyd Holbrook. THR also states Webb is now seeking an athletic, good looking Harry and the initial shortlist of DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich and Brady Corbet is now defunct, though this doesn’t explain why DeHaan was taking a meeting with the filmmakers alongside Booth. More as this story develops…
ORIGINAL STORY: Maybe. Fans over at Comic Book Movie spotted Andrew Garfield and Harry Osborn hopeful Dane DeHaan heading into “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” director Marc Webb’s house with scripts (and lunches) in hand along with another unidentified young actor. Well, the comment section identified that young actor as British up and comer Douglas Booth, who was not mentioned on the original shortlist for Harry, but who clearly has something to talk about with Webb and Garfield.
CBM believes the three will be having screen tests for the Harry Osborn role, but we can’t help but wonder: Who brings a salad to a screen test? And in even further over-analyzing these photos, both DeHaan and Booth are carrying salads in. Surely Webb and Garfield wouldn’t have two Harry hopefuls over at the same time (aca-awkward), nor would they have lunch twice just to be polite, so could it be that DeHaan and Booth are not up for the same role at all? Not being a huge Spider-Man history buff, I have no idea if there is another significant role for a young actor besides Harry Osborn, but perhaps a more well-informed reader could let us know.
In any case, it appears DeHaan is indeed in the running as previously reported, and Booth could be in the mix as well for… something. Whoever is cast will join Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, and fellow newbies Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and Jamie Foxx as the villain Electro. Filming is slated to begin in February with a release already scheduled for May 4, 2014.
Booth recently wrapped up playing one of Russell Crowe’s sons in Darren Aronofsky’s biblical epic “Noah”, and will be Romeo to Hailee Steinfeld’s Juliet in Carlo Carlei’s new adaptation of Shakespearean classic “Romeo and Juliet.” He most recently played the role of Pip in BBC’s miniseries adaptation of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations.” Clearly, this is a guy comfortable with taking on iconic literary characters. Head on over to CBM for a closer look at the photos of Garfield, DeHaan and Booth yourself and report back any telling detail we may have missed!