It seems that there's some major movement in the quest to find a love interest for the new Spider-Man. However, it may be the case that Andrew Garfield's upcoming 2012 turn as the Wall-Crawler may be the luckiest one yet, as he could be in store for not one, but two potential sweethearts in his life. And before you conclude that this is a news item about a porn version of the Spidey saga (where webs aren't the only thing he slings,) then think again. It seems that 'ole Peter Parker may possibly find himself in a love triangle and much like in the last good Indiana Jones film, he might have to "choose wisely." And with that, the names of Emma Stone (Easy A, Zombieland) and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) have suddenly surfaced as speculation points to both women being cast successively as Spidey's iconic loves Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy.
At the moment, there are conflicting reports on the issue. When a list of six candidates for the coveted role was making the rounds last month, the slot was rumored to not be for his best known love Mary Jane, but his tragically-destined first love Gwen Stacy. In fact, Variety is standing by the idea that Mary Jane will not be in the film, but rather, there would be a "new lead role." Yet, one look at Stone, and one gets the impressions that her being a spitting image of the Mary Jane of comic lore has to be more than a coincidence. Likewise, Wasikowska could more than easily pass as the miniskirt-wearing leggy blonde martyr in Gwen.
Coming off the successful debut of Easy A last weekend, Emma Stone's relationship with Sony and its head Amy Pascal appear to be a great source of speculation that the studio is leaning towards her especially. Meanwhile, Entertainment Weekly states that Wasikowska's interest in the film is "more ambivalent" as she is reportedly leaning towards indie projects more so than popcorn projects. However, we shouldn't count the aforementioned six candidates from last month out of it just yet, as there are still some rumblings about Emma Roberts being high up on the short list by Sony. So, yeah, but for the new idea of having two leading ladies, I guess this story kind of spins you 360 degrees.
There's going to be a lot of interesting dynamics going into this picture. Already making things difficult, is the fact (which has already caused millions of facepalms) that we're going to have a 27-28 year-old Brit in Garfield playing a once again high-school-aged Peter Parker going through his nerd phase. Finding the right chemistry for a love interest to play off your main character is crucial and difficult enough, but finding a rhythm that works between two potential love interests will be insane. If this is indeed about forcing Peter into a situation where he's torn between these two gorgeous women (which in itself, I think may diminish the audience's ability to empathize with him,) it will be about making sure both of the women also play off each other well enough in this struggle (or whatever it will be) for Peter's affections. Surely, director Marc Webb has his work cut out for him.
How does the prospect of Emma Stone and Mia Wasikowska being the bread in a new Spidey sandwich sound to you?
Source: Entertaiment Weekly