Just two days after Sony revealed release dates for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" and "4," it has come out that Shailene Woodley's Mary Jane Watson was cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," now in production in New York.
Director Marc Webb explained, "I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship. Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her."
But, don't start boycotting the next three Spidey installments just yet, M.J. fans -- the new plan is to introduce Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) auburn-haired love interest in the third movie.
Woodley will likely not return to the role, however, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
Entertainment Weekly first reported the news in an interview with "The Descendants" actress that appears in the mag's latest print issue.
"Of course I'm bummed," Woodley told EW. "But I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason .... based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film."
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" slings its way into theaters May 2, 2014.
[via EW, THR]