Alongside the news that Chronicle's Dane DeHaan has been cast as Harry Osborn is the official confirmation that Jamie Foxx, long mooted as a potential Electro, will indeed by playing the high voltage villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The director of the original Amazing Spider-Man, Marc Webb, is also back on board — perhaps no surprise considering its $751 million box office haul earlier this year — who essentially let slip that Foxx was on board in early November.
Talking to ET, Foxx is reported as saying his character is "a genius electrician-type person and he gets the short end of the stick from the whole world... The next thing you know, he turns it on."
Marvel's official line on the character, however, goes a bit more like this:
"Raised by his overprotective mother, after his father abandoned them, Max had ambitions of being an electrical engineer. However, after being convinced by his mother that he was not smart enough to pursue such a career, Max instead reluctantly took a job as a lineman for an electric company.
"While repairing a power line still connected to its spool, Max Dillon was struck by lightning. Instead of being killed, the freak accident caused a mutagenic change in his nervous system, allowing him to generate and control vast amounts of electricity. After creating a colorful costume, Max turned to a life of crime as Electro."
Intrigued at that sound of that? Check out our feature on the hidden secrets of the first movie's deleted scenes, as well as this blog on the quite frankly pretty bonkers Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark musical thisaway.
The Amazing Spider-Man sequel is scheduled to swing in on April 18, 2014.