'Spider-Man' female leads: they're getting closer

Some new names are popping up surrounding the casting of Spider-Man’s love interest in the reboot of the webbed superhero starring Andrew Garfield. Sony and director Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) continue to test actresses, but, as it turns out, it’s not for one female lead but two. So attention all you comic book fans out there: It looks like this Spider-Man, which is set in high school, will feature both of Spidey’s most prominent love interests, the red-headed Mary Jane Watson, played in the last three movies by Kirsten Dunst, and blonde Gwen Stacy, which Bryce Dallas Howard played in Spider-Man 3, say sources close to the production.

As such, the studio is casting a rather wide net. It flew Mia Wasikowska, best known as Alice from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, in from New York to meet with Webb and Garfield. While, most recently, Easy A’s Emma Stone read with Garfield for the role.

The studio is being very mum as to who could possibly be the front runners for the two parts and declined to comment for this story. Other names are also said to be circling the high-profile project. Yet it’s easy to imagine that the two roles could go to both Stone and Wasikowska. The red-headed Stone has starred in four movies for the studio and is said to have a great relationship with Sony head Amy Pascal. Stone has come on strong ever since last year’s Zombieland and only solidified her place as a go-to young actress with the success of Easy A, which bowed last weekend to just under $18 million. Stone is currently filming The Help for DreamWorks, where she stars as the lead character Skeeter Phelan in the period piece based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel.

I’m told that Wasikowska’s interest in the film has been more ambivalent. While she was an integral part to the huge 3-D spectacle that was Alice in Wonderland, the Australian actress might be more rooted in indie films. She’s recently received kudos for her part in Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids are All Right and also wrapped Jane Eyre for Focus Features and BBC Films. It’s not clear who else the studio is interested in. Lily Collins, the daughter in The Blind Side is said to have meet with the studio, too.

This rebooted Spider-Man is supposed to begin filming by the end of the year and is already scheduled for release in Summer 2012.

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  • The Trinity

    emma stone is way hotter than dunst

    • Brad

      Anyone else think the reboot is futile, demeaning to all of the franchise and success that has been done on the first three movies, and will be a box office failure?

      • Arek

        Um, nope. Was Casino Royale demeaning to the Bond films before it? Spider-Man is a classic character who can be interpreted many different ways for many years to come.

        And if you honestly think a 3D Spider-Man film is going to be a box office failure, you’re high.

      • Marvelous

        It would be cool to see the story told correctly. (Gwen Stacy was Parker’s first girlfriend killed by Doc Oc)

    • adrian

      i cant see either in a spidey movie.
      emma stone is ugly!

  • WhitneyD

    Okay, I could easily see Emma Stone as MJ. She has the right vivacity- while Kirsten Dunst is a good actress, she just was never MJ to me.

    • Javabooknut

      What about Danielle Panebaker from Sky High and tv show shark. Love her. Or Castle’s daughter on Castle. Lea Michelle might be good as Gwen Stacy.

      • KCC

        your right lea michelle would be really funny as Gwen Stacy! I like that choice!

  • The Dude

    Emma Stone FTW.

    • HC

      haha YESSSSSSSS!

  • Zach

    Kirsten Dunst was great with Tobey Maguire. Emma Stone, though…she’s on a roll right now and seems above this reboot.

  • Brett

    “Above this reboot”? It would probably be the highest profile role of her short career. I hope they go in another direction for Gwen Stacy, if that is indeed the other female role being cast, because Washkowska just doesn’t seem right for the role.

  • Nerwen Aldarion

    hmmm I like the idea of Emma Stone as MJ, sounds like they hit one out of the park there.

  • Anna

    Emma Stone!!!!

  • Celia

    Emma Stone bores me for some reason. She’s talented, but I don’t think she has a strong box office draw.

    • Nathan

      that won’t matter for a Spider-Man movie.

  • S.O.

    I still think its TOOOO SOON for a Spiderman REBOOT.

  • Christian

    Until I hear officially what roles they’re casting for, my money is on Gwen Stacy and Black Cat as the two female leads.

  • whatevs

    Anyone would be better than Kirsten Dunst.

  • Limp Bizkit 4 LIFE

    they should just make an MJ movie starring stone because she’s the first good thing to be attached to this reboot.

    • Ace of Spades

      And you consider Garfield and Webb to be a bad thing?

      • Limp Bizkit 4 LIFE

        not bad individually but not a good enough reason for me to actually see this cashgrab abomination. when’s the deadpool movie getting made that looks interesting…

      • Ace of Spades

        Can’t argue with that answer. :)

        Sorry to say it, but it sounds like Deadpool is in development hell.

      • Limp Bizkit 4 LIFE

        i weeep. i need an anti-hero movie to deal with all the recent disappointing superhero movies…

      • Nathan

        Garfield was a bad choice, should have gone with the kid from The Kids Are All Right.

      • A-K87

        I’m surprised talent such as Garfield and Wasikowska are going anywhere near a project like this. If any of you guys have seen Garfield in Boy A or The Red Riding Trilogy you will know is sublime. Wasikowska proved herself in In Treatment. Emma Stone is great choice.

  • Dennis


    Emma Stone as MJ would be AMAZING.

    Anyone else hear that Emily Van Camp, from Everwood and Brothers and Sisters, also tested for the role of Gwen? She would be great as Gwen.

  • hans

    no please no emma stone, no manly/tom boyish mj,pleeeease!

    • Nathan

      If Emma Stone is considered manly, then I seriously want to f**k the living s**t out of that manly girl.

  • nick

    Neither are lead women potential for a super hero movie in my opinion. If I had to choose between the two, give me Mia, but they should really get someone outside of these two potential choices. Also I thought its been reported that Mary Jane won’t be a real main character or love interest of Peter in this upcoming film.

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