Even though Sony Pictures Entertainment has yet to lock down an actor to play Peter Parker in its third “Spider-Man” reboot, it may have cast the character’s main love interest three years ago. “The Fault in Our Stars” actress Shailene Woodley was supposed to play Mary Jane Watson in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” -- and she’s revealed she would be willing to give the role another try.
In a recent interview with Clevver to promote her soon-to-be-released film “Insurgent,” Woodley, 23, said she’d be game to reprise her ill-fated role as Mary Jane and join the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Despite Woodley being directly involved in Sony’s past plans for “Spider-Man,” she was unaware of its new ones until Clevver broke the news to her during the interview. Woodley responded with genuine surprise upon hearing about the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony to bring the wallcrawler back to his comic-book home.
“I didn’t know that, actually. That’s amazing,” Woodley said. When asked whether she’d be willing to play the character in the 2017 film, she replied, “Heck, yeah!”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the actress and the part will connect. First, it’s unclear if the new “Spider-Man” reboot will include the character of Mary Jane. Second, even if it does, it’s possible Woodley is no longer the right age for the role. Based on the rumored casting choices for the part thus far, it looks like Sony and Marvel are looking to cast a much younger Peter Parker as their next Spidey.
Although Woodley is talented and has already proved she’s got the right look for the role, she really made more sense as Parker’s college-age love interest rather than his high-school sweetheart.
The actress’ role in Marc Webb’s 2014 sequel was cut after she filmed scenes as Mary Jane simply because the character’s presence added density to an already weighty plot. The movie also starred Andrew Garfield as Parker and Emma Stone as his main love interest, Gwen Stacy.
“Shailene is a brilliant actress, and she did a great couple days of work,” Webb told the Los Angeles Times. “But it was very difficult to introduce someone as a competing love interest when so much is on the table with Peter and Gwen.”
No casting for the “Spider-Man” reboot in 2017 has been announced. However, Marvel and Sony will likely have to hit the throttle on that topic soon as the web-slinger is expected to make his MCU debut in “Captain America: Civil War” May 6, 2016.
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