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Emma Stone Up for Career Suicide

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 24, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | September 24, 2010 |

The absolutelywonderfulfantastic Emma Stone, after brilliant turns in Zombieland and, especially, Easy A, has now hit the big time. And the big-time comes with all sorts of pitfalls, namely blockbuster franchises and remakes. She could go on starring in smaller films that take full advantage of both her comedic talent and adorability, or she can choose to be a cog in another franchise.

EW is reporting that Emma Stone and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) have been added to the short-list of potential love interests for the new Spider-Man reboot. It’s cool that they’re being considered, and it would be a huge career boost for either of the actresses (both of whom are excellent; Wasikowska had a nice turn in The Kids Are All Right), but both of whom might suffer in the long-term for being permanently associated with this franchise. Undoubtedly, their own future reputations would track, at least to a degree, the success of Spider-Man. I do appreciate that Sony is going after talented principals — Marc Webb, Andrew Garfield, and now either one of these actresses — but I feel like they will lift the movie’s stock, and not the other way around.

Meanwhile, Variety is reporting that Emma Stone is circling 21 Jump Street, alongside her Superbad co-star Jonah Hill. Again, this is a project with talented directors — Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs’ Phil Lord and Chris Miller — but it’s a big-screen version of a beloved, but really not that popular television show. And as we know, even popular television shows haven’t translated well to the screen, and few have found any box-office success. Plus, from what I hear from someone familiar with Jonah Hill’s script, it’s absolute dog shit, though I understand it is getting a turd polish.

And while we’re on the subject of superheroes, word is — from Marvel president Kevin Feige, himself — that the studio is developing a Black Widow spin-off for Scarlett Johansson. I’ll leave the mockery to the comments section.

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