Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is lining up an impressive cast. Following news that Shailene Woodley will play Mary Jane Watson, we’ve now learned that Django Unchained star Jamie Foxx is in negotiations for the role of Electro. According to Variety, the classic Marvel villain is confirmed as the antagonist, but Foxx is still only in talks.
Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, Electro was introduced in 1964’s The Amazing Spider-Man #9 as Maxwell Dillon, an electrical engineer who gained his superhuman abilities after being struck by lightning. The character has been speculated as the sequel’s villain since the post-credits scene of the first film, which prominently featured lightning.
There’s still is another important character for returning director Marc Webb to cast: Harry Osborn. It’s clear The Amazing Spider-Man series is looking to move past the story of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, seemingly confirmed by Sony’s apparent desire to kill off Gwen.
Written by Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt, the sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man is set to open in 3D on May 2, 2014.