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Jamie Foxx appears to be playing Electro in Amazing Spider-Man 2

Jamie Foxx
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Fair warning: This story contains basic leaps of logic and what might be bizarre coincedences, so please don’t take anything we say here as an official confirmation that Jamie Foxx will be Electro. We don’t know that just yet, but over the past few hours it’s become increasingly difficult to dismiss the idea.

Variety recently published a story which claimed that Foxx is currently in talks with Sony executives to play the main antagonist in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opposite Andrew Garfield’s heroic Spider-Man. While reports were initially unclear on who exactly Foxx might be playing in the movie, it has since become apparent that Foxx and/or Sony hopes to drop the comedian into the role of Electro.

To wit, the following appeared on Foxx’s Twitter feed last night:

Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well.

Now either Foxx is not-so-subtly hinting at what his role in Amazing Spider-Man 2 might be, or he’s simply duping his fans for entertainment. Still, even if that’s the case, these two events do seem to solidify long-standing rumors that Electro will be the key antagonist for the film. At the beginning of October we reported that actress Shailene Woodley was in “early talks” to portray Mary Jane Watson, along with word that both Harry “The Hobgoblin” Osborne and Electro would be prominent figures in Amazing Spider-Man 2. Today’s events seem to confirm everything we’ve heard.

Of course, now that we know who Sony is looking at for both Electro and Mary Jane, we have to wonder about Harry Osborne. He was played by James Franco in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, and while Franco did perfectly serviceable work we doubt he’d be invited back to hang out with this new incarnation of Marvel’s most famous hero. Fortunately, the comic book iteration of Osborne is largely devoid of notable aesthetic features, so finding a young, handsome actor to portray the character shouldn’t be too difficult. We’ll let you know just as soon as someone enters “early talks” for the role.

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