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’.