[RE-UPDATE: Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot!]
The list of actresses being considered to play one of the two female leads in director Marc Webb's Spider-Man reboot continues to grow and now includes two more names: Dianna Agron (Glee) and Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young).
We learned back in August that Mary Jane would not be the love interest in the new Spider-Man. The news that both she and classic Spidey gal Gwen Stacy would be in the reboot broke just over a month later, with up-and-comers Emma Stone (Easy A) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) being identified as the top contenders for the roles.
While both Agron and Haig physically fit the role of the blondie Gwen Stacy, that does not necessarily mean they are not in contention for the part of red-haired Mary Jane as well. Bryce Dallas Howard (who played Stacy in Spider-Man 3) actually died her ginger locks blonde for the part - as opposed to Kirsten Dunst, who died her fair hair red for all three installments of director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. There's a peculiar symmetry in that, but, moving on...
Agron might not be able to join the Spider-Man cast due to her Glee commitments, while Haig is simply a lesser-known name at the time being - though that could change over the next few months, given the warm reception Wasted on the Young was given at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Stone and Wasikowska are still very much in the running for roles in the webslinger's next big-screen adventure, as is another name we have not reported on in the past: Dominique McElligott (Moon).
There has been no official word yet on who the villain will be in the Spider-Man reboot, though actors such as Michael Fassbender and Christoph Waltz were at different points rumored as contenders for the mystery role. Fassbender selected to play young Magneto in X-Men: First Class instead, while - last we heard - Waltz is no longer being sought to star as Spider-Man's nemesis.
Deadline is now reporting the rumor (which we recommend you take with a big bucket of salt) that not only could Venom - who was one of the baddies in Spider-Man 3 - be brought back for the new Spider-Man, but that none other than Oscar-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman is being considered for the part.
This isn't the first time Hoffman's name has been raised as a possibility to star as the villain in a major comic book film (Penguin in Batman 3, anyone?) despite no official confirmation. That does not mean that this could not happen at the end of the day, but consider it unlikely at the moment.
Production is scheduled to begin this December on the Spider-Man reboot, so a final casting decision regarding both the female leads and the villain will be made sometime over the next two months. In the meantime, feel free to chat about these latest rumors amongst yourselves. ;-)
UPDATE: Deadline is now saying that Sony officials "will imminently offer the role of Mary Jane Watson to Emma Stone."
RE-UPDATE: Emma Stone is actually Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot!