As the title says–Shailene Woodley is indeed up for the role of Mary Jane Watson in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the sequel to this summer’s mildly successful “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Marc Webb is directing again and Andrew Garfield is returning as Spider-Man. Emma Stone is reportedly close to signing on to come back as Gwen Stacy, the love interest from the first movie. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner and James Vanderbilt wrote the script.
Gwen Stacy was Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s first love in the comic books, but the first trilogy of “Spider-Man” movies from Sam Raimi featured Mary Jane Watson, the character who later became his main love interest (and wife…for a while…before the magic of comics undid it). Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane in all three movies.
Woodley is best known to movie audiences for her role in “The Descendants” with George Clooney. On TV she appeared in ABC Family’s “The Secret Life of the American Teenager.” In 2013, she has “The Spectacular Now” coming out with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
The sequel is also supposedly working on casting Harry Osborn, played by James Franco in the earlier movies. What kind of polymath will they find to fill his shoes?
The big news is that Electro is rumored to be the villain for the next film. He could be the “mysterious figure” seen in the end credits of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” I don’t know because I didn’t see the movie because I thought the “reboot” was pointless and I got sick of the yearlong campaign by fanboys and media to destroy the reputation of the first group of Spider-Man movies.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014.