We were all a bit miffed when the news broke that Emma Stone is Gwen Stacy in the Spider-Man reboot. The actress (like her character) is a natural blonde – however, in all her major film roles Stone has appeared with carrot colored locks.
The story broke last August that Mary Jane is not the love interest in director Marc Webb’s new Spidey movie and we assumed that meant she wouldn’t appear in the film. That was before word got out that two female leads, both MJ and Gwen Stacy, would appear opposite Andrew Garfield in the new Spider-Man. Now The Wrap is claiming that an individual close to the project has confirmed that Mary Jane actually won’t be featured in the reboot at all. How’s that for much ado about nothing?
All of this confusion apparently stemmed from earlier discussions that Webb and screenwriter James Vaderbilt had about possibly incorporating Parker’s red-haired crush into their Spider-Man film. Once Stone officially signed on to play Gwen Stacy, the filmmakers also abandoned the idea of a love triangle (a la Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3) and stuck with just one romantic interest for the webslinger.
The Peter-MJ-Gwen triangle in Raimi’s third Spider-Man was nothing special, but it was far from the most problematic aspect of that less than well-regarded threequel. Gwen was Peter’s first love in the original comic books so it makes sense that she should be featured in the first of a new collection of webslinger movies – not to mention that her presence will help further distinguish the reboot from Raimi’s original Spider-Man.
Martin Sheen is in talks to play Uncle Ben in the film, while Sally Fields may star as Peter’s Aunt May. The Lizard is the Spider-Man reboot villain and the film is expected to be grittier in tone that Raimi’s movies were, so it’s getting to the point now where we can stop wondering about who will appear in the movie and instead begin to think about what the storyline of the reboot is.
Spider-Man begins filming in December and will be released in 2D and 3D theaters in the U.S. on July 3, 2012.
Source: The Wrap
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