Despite numerous casting news/rumors that have hit regarding Marc Webb's upcoming reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, details are still rather sketchy as to how it will handle the approach. While this quickly-refreshed rendition of Marvel's legendary wall-crawler will be the first big jitter-inducing moment in the spotlight for its title star Andrew Garfield, his romantic lead co-star Emma Stone is also feeling the pressure when she steps into the high heels and blonde hair (she's a natural blonde btw) of Spidey's girlfriend Gwen Stacy. The actress recently spoke with MTV and reveals her plan of attack. Ready to finish off what was a stellar year with the success of Easy A, the SNL hosting gig, and the landing of this role, she's finding that 2010 might be hard for her to match. This is especially true as shooting begins in just a few weeks and she gets ready to perfect the art of hanging from suspension wires in the arms of a weird dude dressed in blue and red pajamas. Oh, but don't let her catch you calling her a "damsel in distress." Stone's got a plan of attack for her interpretation of one of the most famous dead women in comics history.
Unlike the version in the comics, Stone reveals that her version of Gwen Stacy is panning out to be an intellectual equal of the science-obsessed Peter Parker. In fact, it seems that science will play such an important part in bringing the two together, that both she and Garfield were enrolled in a science class in preparation for their roles. The home-schooled Stone admits to never having sat through a science class and found it an enlightening experience. Stone also describes the mental preparation involved in the role:
"For the most part, the approach I'm trying to take so I won't psych myself out is to approach it like anything else. Put in the same amount of work and don't worry so much."
Despite the recent buzz garnered from Easy A, as well as establishing action credentials in last year's hit Zombieland, the fact that she'll be coming into this mega-franchise in a spotlight role is undoubtedly a lot of pressure to carry. What makes the baggage especially prevalent, is the fact that the franchise's last incarnation will still be fresh in the minds of moviegoers with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 having only hit just three years ago and the heavy hitter comic franchises that the film will go up against in its 2012 release year. (The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, just to name a few.)
The role, therefore, could demand a performance that will not only help the film distinguish itself amid the crowded movie year, but also help in making sure the film can effectively distinguish itself against what may be an interest gap, due to the abrupt nature of the reboot. Extra work may not only be needed to entice the comic fanboys who have been poo-pooing this film's very existence, but will even need to court the popcorn-gulping, Mr. Pibb-slurping average moviegoer. Yet, if the film can overcome the hurdle of fanboy placation by taking the best aspects of the Raimi films (character development) and fix its nagging issues (odd character turns, rushed resolutions, weak villains,) it may just have a shot. As Stone comments on the issue:
"I have such respect for the world of comic book fans. I've been to Comic-Con for "Zombieland," and zombie fans are a very specific kind of fan base. And my absolute favorite kind of people in the world are people that are passionate about something. And if there's protective of something they're passionate about it, I can completely relate because there and things I'm passionate about and protective of. "
Being beholden to source material may seem like a win-win on paper, but it can just as often lead to something that doesn't quite translate well through the filter of a two-hour film. There is a need to have new life injected into the framework of the source material. Stone seems aware of this, and is taking measures to make sure that, while cautiously maintaining the integrity of the series, to not let the myopia of Internet fanboyism taint her performance:
"There's a part of me that really wants to please people that love Spider-Man or Gwen Stacy and want her to be done justice. I hope they'll give me license to interpret her my way. But that fan base, I'm one of them, so I completely understand why they would be judgmental of certain things. I try not to look [at stories on the Internet] because I do care and I don't want to psych myself out. I kinda half [sic] to stay off the Internet. I'm not thick-skinned enough. I get too sensitive. I don't want it to effect what I'm doing."
While being well aware of the expectations, she still plans on staying focused on putting on the performance that is best for the film and herself, which is definitely a healthy balance between the extremes. Of course, the overwhelming nature of such a big production can also be a distraction, but Stone is taking it in stride. However, she does comment on one litmus test of hugeness resulting from this film for which she's still not quite prepared:
"It'll be weird if my face is ever on a Burger King cup, that's not what you have to think about."
The still-untitled Spider-Man reboot film is set to hit theaters on July 3, 2012.