While we await word on the eventual Spider-Man 4, news regarding the planned Spider-Man musical has hit the net. The Daily Mail apparently spoke with Julie Taymor (who will direct the production) recently, and she let loose the names of the two people she desperately wants as her stars: Jim Sturgess as Peter Parker and Evan Rachel Wood as Mary Jane. If all three of those names are familiar to you, that's because Taymore recently directed Sturgess and Wood in Across the Universe. When asked about the pairing, Taymore said, "Jim's certainly interested, but his film career has taken off, so I have to nab him between movies. Same with Evan. They'd be my ideal pairing, though, if they're free."
With music and lyrics from U2's Bono and the Edge, Spider-Man: The Musical is still a good year away from becoming a reality. Taymor described the show as being "a cross between a play, rock n' roll and circus. The movies with Tobey Maguire worked on their terms, but the show will be very different. In fact, it's based more on the original comic books than the movies." Taymor plans to add trapeze artists, giant puppets and incredible costumes into the show. Personally, I think both are fine choices for each role, and while I've never thought about it before, Rachel Wood could make an excellent Mary Jane. Here's the big question: If the Spidey musical is a huge hit and both Maguire and Dunst opt out of a fourth flick, would you be down for Sturgess and Wood? Are they big enough names?