Timothée Chalamet may have lost out as lead on Spider-Man to Tom Holland, but he’d still be a good fit for another role—or at least that’s what co-star couple Zendaya and Holland seem to think.
In a new interview with the Associated Press, Zendaya and Holland said they both agree that Chalamet would make a good antagonist for the film franchise, specifically for the role of Harry Osborn, the Green Goblin character played by James Franco and Dane DeHaan in previous adaptations. “I think he would be a good friend of Spider-Man. Or a foe of Spider-Man!” said Zendaya.
Holland added that Chalamet would do well as a specific type of villain who starts off good and slowly becomes corrupt—an arc resembling Osborn’s. “I think it would be good to bring him in as a [friend] and then he kind of becomes bad, and then he can be a villain,” he said.
Not only would Osborn be frenemy to Holland’s Peter Parker, but he would also compete for the love of Zendaya’s MJ. “Maybe he comes for MJ and I’m like, ‘Whoa, Harry! You better watch where you’re movin’ around my girl, bro!'” Holland continued. Given the recent Internet buzz over Zendaya and Chalamet’s chemistry in Dune, Chalamet might make a lot of sense.
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Back in 2015, Chalamet auditioned for Spider-Man: Homecoming. In a 2018 interview with The Hollywood Reporter, he recalled feeling like he blew the audition. “I read twice and I left sweating in a total panic,” Chalamet said at the time. “I called my agent Brian Swardstrom and I said, ‘Brian, I thought about this a lot and I have to go back and knock on that door and read again,’ and he told me the story of Sean Young and how, in an attempt to become Catwoman, [she] had scared everyone away when she showed up at the studio gates in costume.”
Things seem to have worked out for Chalamet in his own way. This year, in addition to starring alongside Zendaya in Dune, he also worked with award-winning director Wes Anderson on The French Dispatch. And in any case, he was advised by a close confidante against taking part in any superhero movies. “One of my heroes—I can’t say who or he’d kick my ass—he put his arm around me the first night we met and gave me some advice,” the actor told Time magazine in October. “‘No hard drugs and no superhero movies.'”
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