As glimpsed in the trailer, Chris Cooper is set to play Norman Osborn in next year's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2". While the character looks deathly ill in the preview, don't expect him to be so for too long. He recently spoke with Moviefone about his role in the sequel:
"This is a very strange introduction for Norman Osborn. I just can't reveal why it's that way, but this is not the beginning of Norman. It is the introduction, but it's not the beginning, and I think that's as far as I can go.
Asked if he was signed up for the third movie, he says Osborn's introduction is. "going to lead to other things down the road. He goes on to say:
"I'm under the impression that this is going to carry on... An actor has to do these big tentpole productions something like once every five years. It just keeps the name alive, as some of these smaller films that may not make it around the world tend not to do."
At the same time, The Daily Bugle tie-in viral site for the movie goes a little bit more into the role of the Osborns in the new film.
It appears Norman is in seclusion and has not been seen in public in months, leading to mounting speculation about his health and concern over when his son Harry will take over. Harry meanwhile is living it up on the French Riviera with supermodels while pressure mounts on him to assume control of Oscorp.