When a press release issued by Sony and Columbia Pictures made official what we already knew, that Emma Stone had been cast as Spider-Man's primary love interest in Marc Webb's upcoming reboot film, it seemed to be just a formality. Then, as if to pimp slap the Internet in the face, came the follow-up news that she would be playing not Mary Jane Watson as speculation and common sense would indicate, but rather, was set for the role of the famously martyred beauty Gwen Stacy. While previous reports indicated that Mary Jane would not be in the film at all, when Stone's name came into the mix looking like a lock, the assumption was that the report was simply wrong. Well, the joke was on us. As of now, with all signs pointing to two potential love interests in the film, we're still probably waiting for a second love interest to be cast. This girl will likely be in the film only for establishment purposes, taking a backseat until Gwen...well, is "out of the picture." So, what were they thinking when the biggest dead-ringer for Mary Jane ends up as Gwen? Well, find out what they had to say.
According to Columbia Pictures President Matt Tolmach:
“It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.”
Director Marc Webb added:
“The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.”
Besides the simple idea of the red hair, the quick-wit and fiestiness that Stone exudes on screen would lead anyone who knows anything about Spider-Man to believe she was tailor-made for MJ. Gwen, on the other hand, was portrayed as sort of a sweet and innocent girl of privilege whose personality was not all that strong. This may be indicative of Webb's attempt to redefine the dynamics of Peter Parker's various relationships. For all we know, Uncle Ben might be a retired MMA fighter (Randy Couture?) and Aunt May might be an in-your-face, stone cold GILF. (Helen Mirren?) And you know what? More power to him on taking some liberties. This film is definitely going to need all the help it can get in distinguishing itself so soon after Sam Raimi's last Spider-Man films, while maintaining a respectable fidelity to the source material.
On another note, since the outlook for Mary Jane is looking rather bleak for this reboot film (which is fine by me,) then I'd probably put my money on Felicia Hardy, aka The Black Cat being "the other woman."
What do you think of the big reveal of Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy? Disappointed? Relieved? Cookies? Milk?
Source: Press Release