Recently, it was announced (prematurely) that actress Emma Stone (“Superbad,” “The House Bunny” and “Zombieland”) had been cast as Mary Jane Watson (a role previously played by Kristen Dunst) in the upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot. But now, in an official Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios press release, we have learned Stone will be playing Gwen Stacy instead.
Gwen Stacy is a blonde bombshell who first appeared in the comics in December 1965 in the Spiderman #31 issue. She was, in fact, Peter Parker’s first love. And her history is of great interest to the avid comic readers and collectors. I don’t want to spoil what happens to her, but you will be surprised what you will find about the character should you search her name.
Either way, it appears they are very excited with their casting choice. In the press release, the movie’s director, Marc Webb, said, “The chemistry between Andrew (Garfield, who is playing Spider-Man) 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 “Spider-Man” reboot is set to hit movie theaters on Fourth of July weekend in 2012. Oh, and I hear it will be shot in 3-D.
Here is the studio press release in full:
Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.
The casting continues an association between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the actress, who previously starred in Superbad, The House Bunny, and Zombieland, all for Columbia Pictures; she may currently be seen in Screen Gems’ hit comedy Easy A, and takes a cameo role in Screen Gems’ upcoming Friends with Benefits.
Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, “It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.”
Webb added, “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.”
How do you feel about Emma Stone playing Gwen Stacy? How do you feel about the project altogether?
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