Easy A star Emma Stone is breaking out quickly. She has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming Spider-Man movie reboot, which already is starring Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Peter Parker. The fact that Stone has been cast is not entirely surprising considering recent speculation, but her role is a bit of a surprise. She will not be stepping into the role vacated be Kirsten Dunst as Mary Jane Watson but instead she will be playing Gwen Stacy.
What makes matters even more intriguing is that Stone, whom we’ve regularly seen sporting red hair in roles like Zombieland, is a natural blonde, which is what she will be wearing for the role of Stacy who is blonde as well. HVB drops a few other gems in their write-up, mostly praising the chemistry between Stone and Garfield, but also noting that it is larfely rumored that Mary Jane will not be making an appearance in the first film of the franchise reboot and that Philip Seymour Hoffman is on the short list to play the Green Goblin.
I find the news refreshing overall. I’m not a big fan of the original franchise and even more bothered by the idea of an almost immediate reboot. However, the recasting, the addition of the talented and charismatic Stone, the fact that her character is different from Watson are all positive signs. Add in Hoffman and you really have some potential to take things in a better direction than the original. Garfield is a tall Parker/Spider-Man though, so I hope they won’t be too awkward when he and Stone appear on-screen together. The movie is set to hit theaters on July 3rd, 2012, so don’t get too excited for the project yet.