Oscar Winning Jamie Foxx, star of one of this [Australian] Summer’s biggest releases “Django Unchained”, is in talks to play the villain in the next “Spider-Man” movie.
Variety revealed Foxx was to star opposite Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone in 2014’s “Amazing Spider-Man 2” (or whatever it ends up being called; I’m sure Sony will be a little more imaginative), but it was Foxx himself who revealed which character he’d play (by way of a very suggestive Halloween-centric tweet).
Wikipedia says of the character, “He is an enemy of Spider-Man who gained the ability to control electricity after being struck by lightning while working on a power line.”
Eletro’s real name is Maxwell Dillon, an electrical engineer and lineman, who was repairing a power line when a freak lightning accident caused a “mutagenic change that transformed him into a living electrical capacitor. His powers were initially weak, so he spent some time stealing electrical equipment from Stark Industries to charge himself. During this time, he was approached by Magneto, who considered him a potential recruit for his Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, claiming that Dillon’s power rivaled his own, but Dillon refused. The following day, Dillon was confronted by a small-time thug from whom he had been borrowing money from to pay for the machinery he had needed. When the thug drew a gun on him because he had not paid back the money yet, he responded by shooting a blast of lightning through the thug’s chest- the first time Dillon ever killed anybody.Soon taking the name Electro, he turned to a life of a professional criminal, his first victim being J. Jonah Jameson. Electro broke into the Daily Bugle Building and stole from Jameson’s safe right in front of him. Jameson accused Spider-Man of being an alternate identity of Electro, prompting Spider-Man to prove the publisher wrong. During his confrontation with Electro, Spider-Man was nearly killed when he touched the electrically charged supervillain, but was only knocked out. Spider-Man eventually used a fire hose to short-circuit Electro while wearing rubber gloves to protect himself.”
Needless to say, since the film properties are all with different studios, “X-Men” baddie Magneto and”Iron Man” himself Tony Stark won’t appear in the “Amazing Spider-Man” sequel, but hopefully we do get to see Daily Bugle editor J.Jonah Jameson (who hasn’t appeared in a “Spider-Man” movie since Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 3”).
Aside from Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained”, in which he plays the title role, Foxx also has a role in the upcoming Roland Emmerich thriller “White House Down”.