That was quick! Following last weeks report that Brady Corbet (Melancholia), Dane DeHaan (Chronicle) and Alden Ehrenreich (the upcoming Beautiful Creatures) were linked to the role of Harry Osborn in Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel to ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,’ THR now bring word that Douglas Booth (Noah), Sam Claflin (Snow White and the Huntsman), Boyd Holbrook (The Host) and Eddie Redmayne (My Week with Marilyn) tested for the role on Monday.

James Franco played the Harry Osborn role in the Sam Raimi-directed ‘Spider-Man’ trilogy, taking a more brooding and dark path for the character, and an original plan was to continue that tradition in the new films, with Brady Corbet, Dane DeHaan and Alden Ehrenreich initially under consideration. THR’s sources now say the producers and filmmakers are seeking actors with characteristics that include “athleticism and good looks”. Osborn is an integral part of the Spidey mythology – the son of tycoon Norman Osborn, he’s one of Peter Parker’s few friends but evolves into one of Spider-Man’s nemeses.

Columbia Pictures recently confirmed that Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will return to their roles of Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Gwen Stacey, while Marc Webb returns to direct. Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) and Jamie Foxx look set to play Mary Jane Watson and Electro in the film, respectively. The screenplay for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ is by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt. The film will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach. The new chapter in the Spider-Man saga is set for release in 3D on May 2nd, 2014. ‘‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ will begin production in early 2013.

To date, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ has taken in more than $751 million worldwide. Based on the Marvel Comic Book by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, the original 3D action-adventure film starred Andrew Garfield as Spider-man/Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Conners/The Lizard, Denis Leary as George Stacy, Campbell Scott as Richard Parker, Chris Zylka as Flash Thompson, Irrfan Khan as Dr. Ratha, Martin Sheen as Ben Parker, and Sally Field as May Parker. You can check out my interviews for that film here: Andrew GarfieldEmma StoneMartin SheenDenis LearyRhys IfansMarc Webb.