Will Zooey Deschanel Appear In Spider-Man?


The cast for the upcoming 3D “Spider-Man” reboot is coming along nicely. Andrew Garfield is Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacey, Rhys Ifans as the villain Dr. Curt Connors/The Lizard, and last week it came out that Martin Sheen and Sally Field could play Uncle Ben and Aunt May. While I didn’t give the film much credence initially, it felt like a lackluster rehash that didn’t need to happen, the more names they attach to the film, the more my interest is piqued.

One more name is also now rumored (emphasis on the “rumor” part) to be hovering around the production: Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel and “Spider-Man” director Marc Webb worked together on the indie hit “(500) Days of Summer”. Unnamed sources told Showbiz Spy that Webb is talking to the “Almost Famous” star about playing Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson’s sexy secretary who flirts with Peter Parker and generally makes him uncomfortable. Elizabeth Banks played the part in Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man” films.

“Betty was a minor character in the previous Spidey movies but Marc has big plans for her,” reveals a movie insider. “He wants a strong performer to carry the role and Zooey fits the bill perfectly. The role is hers if she wants it.”

In reality, would this be much more than a cameo, or perhaps a couple of scenes where Betty badgers Peter and makes him blush? Who knows if this will even happen, like I said, this is a rumor from an unnamed source, which just intrinsically sounds sketchy and brings to mind images of shadowy meetings with men wearing trench coats in underground parking structures. Deschanel has nice eyes, which certainly wouldn’t hurt anything.



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

    Betty Brant is just as imprtant a character in the Spiderman world as MJ, and Gwen. She was there before and after both of them. I hope Zoey takes the part and brings the character to life. She could be the female friend that Peter has in HS that likes him, but he’s too busy pining for Gwen. She’d be the one that would know about him being Spiderman. She’d be the equivalent to MJ in “Ultimate Spiderman,” the best friend that knows everything about him.

    • Brent

      That would be pretty cool. Think there’s any chance they’ll play it like that?

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

        It’s quite possible. It’d make sense too. She could be the person that helps get Peter the job at the Bugle, as she works part time as an assistant to someone. There are lots of ways to play it. But I think he needs friends this time around, and not just Harry, and Gwen. They also need to build on the Flash Thompson angle. He was Peter’s antagonist at first but they ended up actually being friends.

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    please lord yessssss

  • Juggernaut

    The real question is, will there be any blinking or change of tone in her voice required for the role if so I’m sure she will pass. LOL.

  • SeymoreSparda

    Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben?? just reading through his name makes me giggle insideXD…
    also, I agree with ou all..MJ is soo overrated…