SPIDER-MAN Reboot Updates: Five Main Contenders for Gwen Stacy AND Mary Jane? Philip Seymour Hoffman as Venom?

     October 1, 2010

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Let the Spider-Man reboot casting confusion continue!  In August, we reported that Mary Jane was not going to be the love interest and that actresses testing for the female lead weren’t given the character’s name.  This led to speculation that the reboot would have Peter Parker’s first love, Gwen Stacy, as the female lead.  Deadline is now reporting that previously-named actresses (above, left-to-right) Emma Stone (Easy A) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) along with new names Dianna Agron (Glee), Dominique McElligott (Moon), and Georgina Haig (Wasted on the Young) are under consideration for Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane!  While it’s possible two more candidates may enter the race, Deadline says that these five are the main contenders (although Agron, who tested last night, is iffy since there’s questions about whether her schedule can accommodate filming and doing Glee).   It’s also possible that Sony and director Marc Webb may cast one  of these actresses for Gwen Stacy and another for Mary Jane.

And the casting craziness doesn’t stop there.  Hit the jump for the possibility of Venom returning and Sony courting Philip Seymour Hoffman.  Marc Webb’s untitled Spider-Man reboot is set to open in 3D on July 3, 2012.

venom_philip_seymour_hoffman_01Deadline adds that there’s “early unconfirmed talk” that “they want to bring back Venom and they are looking at Philip Seymour Hoffman.”  Deadline doesn’t make it clear if they want Hoffman to play Venom or if they want Hoffman for a different role.  While I’m no fan of Venom (I think he’s a silly character), getting Hoffman in the role would be a bold move and major casting against type.  Also, would Venom be the villain in the movie or would they set him to be the antagonist in the inevitable sequel?  Other actors previously rumored to be under consideration to play the film’s currently-unnamed villain were Michael Fassbender (he opted to play Magneto in X-Men: First Class instead) and Christoph Waltz.

Here’s a brief rundown of what we we know about the Spider-Man reboot thus far:

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