Emma Stone Confirmed for Spider-Man Reboot — but as Gwen Stacy!

While previous rumors had “Zombieland” and “Easy A” star Emma Stone being offered the plum part of Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb’s upcoming “Spider-Man” reboot for Sony, it appears that was a tad premature. The offer was instead for Gwen Stacy, and Stone has officially accepted the role.

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.”

Gwen Stacy will be Spider-Man aka Peter Parker’s love interest for the first movie (and possibly the second), before Mary Jane Watson is expected to take over by trilogy’s end. Or at least, that’s the assumption as of now.

FYI: Although Stone is known primarily as a redhead (or sometimes brunette) in her movies, her natural color is actually blonde, which is also Gwen Stacy’s natural color. As you’ll recall, in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films, the blonde Kirsten Dunst was cast as the redheaded Mary Jane Watson, while the redhead Bryce Dallas Howard was cast as the blonde Gwen Stacy. Just sayin’.



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  • B-Flash

    I would prefer her as MJ, seeing her as a blonde is gonna be weird.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

    “Gwen Stacy will be Spider-Man aka Peter Parker’s love interest for the first movie (and possibly the second), before Mary Jane Watson is expected to take over by trilogy’s end. Or at least, that’s the assumption as of now.

    FYI: Although Stone is known primarily as a redhead (or sometimes brunette) in her movies, her natural color is actually blonde, which is also Gwen Stacy’s natural color. As you’ll recall, in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films, the blonde Kirsten Dunst was cast as the redheaded Mary Jane Watson, while the redhead Bryce Dallas Howard was cast as the blonde Gwen Stacy. Just sayin’.”

    That theory makes sense for a new trilogy and it’s a return to original comics as well.

    And that lil tidbit bout the Ladies of the Spiderman franchise is just wierd. But Cool. I’m all for Stone in either role. I think she’ll bring the character to life well. Will be sad to see her inevitably die.

  • Juggernaut

    I like the fact that they are giving Gwen Stacy a real role in the reboot. Setting up future characters would be nice too. Have MJ, Felicia, Flash and Harry as classmates. Dr. Otto Octavius and Dr. Curt Connors as teachers. Maybe a cameo by Norman Osbourne or Eddie Brock. New villains are a must. They could do the Nolanesque two villain approach with great effect if done right. A Lizard/Vulture story could work. I’d also like to see Mysterio or Electro. It is too soon to do the Green Goblin arc again. Maybe have the sequel deal with that. Finish with Venom/Carnage. It just sucks that some of Spider-Man’s most important material has been done not too long ago! There are hundreds of stories to tell, doing them in a new and exiting way will be the trick. I really hope they handle this the right way. While I will always pine for Marvel to be in creative control, hopefully Sony will learn from their mistakes and nurture this franchise.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I agree cameoing characters is important, but establishing characters as a whole is too. Characters like Norman Osbourne, Curt Connors, Eddie Brock and Otto Octavius should definitely play parts in Peter’s life before he becomes Spiderman. I keep going back to it, but “Spectacular Spiderman” did a great job of establishing a character BEFORE they were a villain, and I think that’s the way to go here. Sure the first film should have The Lizard as the main villain but we should see hints of Osbourne’s madness and hunger for power, we should get to know Eddie Brock (I loved the Ultimates/616 amalgam they did for the show). Mysterio would make for a great villain, as would Electro, or even Kraven if done right. Felicia, Flash, Harry and Liz Allen should all be major characters in peter’s HS life and that could easily set up things for the future. MJ should be the new girl that transfers in at the end of the first film. It’s definitely too soon for Venom, and the Green Goblin should be the next villain only if they’re going to do the death of Gwen Stacy storyline otherwise introduce the Hobgoblin first (as in the 90′s series).

      • Juggernaut

        I agree totally. Kraven would be awsome if done correctly. If they Have Mj come in at the end of the first film setting up a love triangle only to have Peter choose Gwen and then have Norman turn into GG and off her in the third installment! That would be cool! It is really a clean slate that they have to work with here. Man, I hope that they don’t blow this.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool aka Jiinx

      I agree cameoing characters is important, but establishing characters as a whole is too. Characters like Norman Osbourne, Curt Connors, Eddie Brock and Otto Octavius should definitely play parts in Peter’s life before he becomes Spiderman. I keep going back to it, but “Spectacular Spiderman” did a great job of establishing a character BEFORE they were a villain, and I think that’s the way to go here. Sure the first film should have The Lizard as the main villain but we should see hints of Osbourne’s madness and hunger for power, we should get to know Eddie Brock (I loved the Ultimates/616 amalgam they did for the show). Mysterio would make for a great villain, as would Electro, or even Kraven if done right. Felicia, Flash, Harry and Liz Allen should all be major characters in peter’s HS life and that could easily set up things for the future. MJ should be the new girl that transfers in at the end of the first film. It’s definitely too soon for Venom, and the Green Goblin should be the next villain only if they’re going to do the death of Gwen Stacy storyline otherwise introduce the Hobgoblin first (as in the 90′s series).