So, it’s official, according to Deadline: Sony has offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-man reboot to Emma Stone. The offer is “imminent,” according to Deadline, which is probably their way of giving the offer some newsworthy urgency.
But she still hasn’t accepted. Will she? Most likely. It’s a move that’s good for her career, and it’s good for the franchise. Unfortunately, it’s probably not that great for the rest of us, who like to see Emma Stone in more varied roles, those minor studio movies like Zombieland and Easy A that rely more on character than on gimmickry, and in that regard, Stone is one of the more dynamic young actresses working. I hate to see her sucked into a major franchise so early on, before she’s been properly defined as something more than simply Mary Jane Watson. She’s got another movie coming out, Help, which hopefully will help her to create an identity separate from this series. Fingers crossed.
Word is, however, that Mary Jane’s role in the first movie is more of a minor one. Peter Parker’s major love interest in the first film will be Gwen Stacey (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in the Raimi flick). The short list for that role has been narrowed to “Glee’s” Dianna Agron (thumbs down), Mia Wasikowska (thumbs up), Georgina Haig (who?) and Dominique McElligott (double who?).
I hate to say it, because I — like most of you — despise the idea of a Spider-man reboot so soon after the Raimi franchise, but, after seeing Garfield in The Social Network, and Emma Stone in Easy A and, Marc Webb’s (500) Days of Summer, I’m getting the distinct feeling that Sony may not actually screw this up.