American Beauty star Chris Cooper has been cast in Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
He’ll appear in the film as Norman Osborn, a character who eventually becomes one of Spider-Man’s nemeses, according to a report by industry magazine Variety.
Osborn, who was played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy, is the alter-ego of one of Spidey’s most deadly villains, the Green Goblin.
It’s not yet clear whether Cooper will become the Goblin in Amazing Spider-Man 2 or in a future Spidey sequel. In the Spider-Man universe, Osborn acts as a mentor to Peter Parker for a while becoming a supervillain.
Assuming he does make the transition, Cooper will be the third villain featured in the The Amazing Spider-Man 2, appearing alongside Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which stars Andrew Garfield as the titular webslinger and Emma Stone as his love interest, is due to be released on 18 April 2014 in the UK.
Check out some behind-the-scenes photos from the film here.