Hope you like rumors, because I have a nice one for you to chew on. If you knew who director Marc Webb was before taking over the Spider-Man reboot, then you likely saw his previous film, (500) Days of Summer. Now that Webb has moved onto a much larger picture, it comes as no surprise that he has gathered quite a nice cast. We recently reported that Sally Field would be filling in as Aunt May alongside Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben. The latest casting rumor is setting up a reuniting of Webb and Zooey Deschanel, who previously worked together on Summer. Hit the jump for Deschanel’s rumored role and full cast details.
The rumors comes from Showbizspy, who reports that Betty Brant, J. Jonah Jameson’s “Girl-Friday” or do-everything secretary, is the target role for Deschanel. While it’s currently just a rumor, it is given weight by the fact that directors often like working with talent they know. Just ask Leonardo DiCaprio how that is working out for him and Martin Scorsese. Deschanel would be replacing Elizabeth Banks from the original Sam Raimi trilogy, but instead of a background character, the plans are to bring her to the forefront:
“Betty was a minor character in the previous Spidey movies but Marc has big plans for her,” a movie insider told Showbizspy. “He wants a strong performer to carry the role and Zooey fits the bill perfectly. The role is hers if she wants it.”
Brant was originally a love interest and a main character in Spider-Man lore, but has been pushed to the side by Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. With the news that MJ won’t be in the film at all, that leaves room for a larger role for Brant. All the dominoes are in place. If Deschanel accepts the rumored offer, she would be joining Andrew Garfield (The Social Network) as Spider-Man, Emma Stone (Easy A) as Gwen Stacy, and Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) as Dr. Curt Connors/Lizard. The Spider-Man 3D reboot is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012. Let us know what you think about this possible casting in the comments below.