Mary Jane Won’t Be Love-Interest in SPIDER-MAN Reboot; Candidates Include Emma Roberts, Teresa Palmer, More

     August 19, 2010

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With Andrew Garfield locked to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s Spider-Man reboot, the search continues to find the web-slinger’s love-interest.  However, unlike Raimi’s trilogy, the love interest won’t be Mary Jane.  While presumably that means the love interest is Gwen Stacy, Heat Vision reports that script pages given to actresses reading for the role don’t reveal the character’s name.

Among those actresses are (from left-to-right in the image above) Imogen Poots (Solitary Man), Ophelia Lovibond (Nowhere Boy), Lily Collins (The Blind Side), Teresa Palmer (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), and Emma Roberts (Valentine’s Day).  HV makes clear “These are not screentests, which usually involve some sort of dealmaking, but rather readings and meetings,” and that another round of searching could take place if these actresses don’t work out.  Hit the jump for more on the project.  The Spider-Man reboot is set to open in 3D on July 3, 2012.

We already know that Sony and Webb are going for a “more gritty, contemporary redo of the series”.  The budget is also rumored to be in the $80 million range (the original 2002 film reportedly cost $139 million).  Finally, while we don’t know who the villain is (although it’s rumored to be The Lizard), we know that Sony looked at Inglourious BasterdsChristoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender for the role.  Heat Vision says that the film will be set in high school, although it’s been reported that the setting would be moved to college due to Garfrield’s age (he’ll be 27 tomorrow).  It’s worth noting that the ages of the actresses mentioned above range from 19 to 24.  Of course, actors playing beneath their age is a time-honored tradition.  The question is how far beneath their age can they go with the audience still buying it.

Production is set to begin in December and I really hope that the casting process for the female lead isn’t as drawn out and excruciating as the one for Peter Parker.

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