When Sony Pictures released the official synopsis and cast list earlier this month, one of the notable exclusions was Chris Cooper, who plays Norman Osborn. Oddly enough, it seems the character himself has gone missing, according to the latest report from The Daily Bugle's Joy Mercado. The story also speculates that Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) could take over OsCorp, if something is seriously wrong with his father Norman. Check out the full report below.

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December 19, 2013

By Joy Mercado

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Norman Osborn, CEO of OsCorp Industries, not seen in public or heard from in months, remains in seclusion amidst growing speculation about the severity of his condition.

The mounting concern for Osborn's health, combined with OsCorp Industries' recent problems with Dr. Curt Connors, has generated increased focus on the readiness of the company's heir apparent, Harry Osborn, to assume control of the multinational conglomerate.

When asked for an official statement about Harry's role with the company, the standard company PR line is "Harry is currently studying in Europe."

After being shown photographic evidence of Harry partying on the Riviera with a bevy of barely-clad supermodels, OsCorp's spokesman Donald Menken said, "A snapshot cannot capture a life. Harry is a brilliant young man with a very bright future. He may be a little green, but the future is bright."

Last month, Chris Cooper revealed that Norman Osborn gets an "extremely odd introduction" in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which could set up appearances in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man 4.