I really liked The Amazing Spider-Man. It was everything that I wanted from a Spiderman film. Good cast, good villain and an pretty good story. The only negative was that it was held back by the origin story. But now that's out of the way I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.
The first bit of news we got on this film, was that Shailene Woodley had be signed to play the role of Mary Jane 'MJ' Watson. As soon as I saw this news I thought this was great. I then looked at other people's views and was completely baffled. Some people had the audacity to say that she wasn't pretty enough for the role. Way out of line either way, but the fact that she is very attractive just makes them people look even stupider. I think she'll make a fantastic MJ. She's got the 'girl next door' good looks and she's a terrific up and coming actress.
We then found out that Jamie Foxx would play Electro. I'm a massive fan of Jamie Foxx. Mainly because of his fantastic work in 'Ray'. This news, however, made me a little wary. I know that Jamie Foxx is a very talented actor, but I don't think he'll be able to pull of that villainous side that is needed from Electro and any superhero villain. We will see.
Dane DeHaan of Chronicle fame was then cast to play Harry Osborn. Once again, terrific news. Much like Shailene Woodley he is a great, new talent. He also showed that 'evil' streak in Chronicle which is a much needed aspect to the character of Harry Osborn. Let's just hope, if he get's the chance, he'll pull off a better Hob Goblin than James Franco did.
The great Paul Giamatti was then confirmed to play the Rhino. Very odd news if you ask me. Giamatti certainly has the maniac in him to play a villain, but I'm not so sure about his size to play the juggernaut that is The Rhino. Whether they'll be going down the CGI route to make him look bigger or they'll be keeping his size will be interesting to find out. There's no judging Giamatti's villainous skills though.
The final piece of casting news was that Chris Cooper would play Norman Osborn. Willem Dafoe was one of the shining lights of the atrocious previous trilogy, so whether Chris Cooper lives up to that we will have to wait to see. Chris Cooper is a very good actor though and has shown he can play tyrants in films such as American Beauty and a more comedic role in last years The Muppets.
All of this as well as Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Martin Sheen and Sally Field returning means this could turn out to be a very good Spiderman film. Let's hope!