The upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise will feature two female leads in both Mary Jane and Gwen Stacy, and we know that Jane will not be the love interest for the star of the film. While there have been several actresses listed as top candidates for these roles, it was reported on Saturday that the role of Mary Jane would be officially offered out very soon, with expectation that it would be Emma Stone.
As it turns out, Emma Stone did receive and offer sheet and will be playing one of the female leads in Spider-Man, but she won't be playing Mary Jane. Against expectations, we are surprised to announce that Emma Stone is now the new Gwen Stacy!
The young and likable Stone's career is just beginning and she has already won over many fans with key parts in Superbad and Zombieland, along with the recently released Easy A. In Sony's official press release, director Marc Webb says the following about Stone climbing aboard:
“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.”
The obvious question about Emma Stone's casting will be raised about her hair color. She's a red-head and Stacy is a blonde. Will she change hair color? Will whomever they chose to play Mary Jane then have red hair as well? Or is this a case of role-reversal and Jane will be blonde? Definitely not.
One of Mary Jane's most recognized attributes is her long red hair, as is Stacy's blondness, and turning against the comics this early, and against the expectations of fans isn't wise. Blake Lively changed her hair color for her supehero movie Green Lantern to match the character of the books and if you remember Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy, Kirsten Dunst and Bryce Dallas Howard traded hair colors to play Jane and Stacy, respectively. It's commonplace so don't worry.
What's more important now is determining who will play Mary Jane opposite Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker. If the previous casting rumors still hold any truth, we could be looking at one of the following three joining Spider-Man:
- Dianna Agron (Glee)
- Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young)
- Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland)
Mia made her billion dollar introduction with Alice in Wonderland so I wouldn't be surprised to see her sign next. As for the villain, current rumors still point towards the possibility of Philip Seymour Hoffman being looked at for Venom. It's almost certain that Venom will play a role since they still have a script for a Venom spin-off and even before Spider-Man 4 was cancelled, scripts for fifth and sixth Spidey movies were being written to not only tie-in with Venom but act as a potential reboot of the franchise (which ended up happening).
Spider-Man is scheduled for release in 2D and 3D on July 3rd, 2012, with production scheduled to begin this December.