Casting News: Spider-Man (UPDATE)

Published on October 5th, 2010

Earlier this week we reported about a story at Deadline that said that Emma Stone has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Today Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, gave a press release saying that Stone has actually been cast as Gwen Stacy in the reboot.

Marc Webb, the director of the new Spider-Man film, added:

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“The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.”

Earlier reports claimed that there would be two lead female roles in Spider-Man which lead to theories about both Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy in the movie, although Felicia Hardy/Black Cat could be a possibility.  Other actresses that had been linked to the role/roles were Mia Wasikowska from Alice in Wonderland, 28 Weeks Later‘s Imogen Poots, Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, I Am Number Four), Ophelia Lovibond of Nowhere Boy, The Blind Side‘s Lily Collins and Emma Roberts of Hotel For Dogs.

Spider-Man also stars Andrew Garfield as the titular character.  It is scheduled for release summer 2012.

Ian Candish
Ian@ComicImpact.com