Earlier this week news broke that the irrepressible Shailene Woodley, whose new film "The Spectacular Now" is probably one of the best movies you'll see all year, was cut from the forthcoming "Amazing Spider-Man 2." Woodley had already filmed scenes as potential Spider-Man love interest Mary Jane Watson, a role first made famous by Kirsten Dunst in the trio of Sam Raimi-directed Spidey movies.
It was initially assumed that her scenes would be shuffled into "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," which already has a release date of June 10, 2016. Instead, they'll be scrapped and the part recast.
Well, pass the Mary Jane, because it looks like they may have already hired someone: Canadian actress Sarah Gadon, who's best known for roles in David Cronenberg's "A Dangerous Method" and "Cosmopolis," recently joined the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise, and many are speculating she's the new Mary Jane.
If this is true, it's going to be fascinating to hear what exactly went down behind the scenes to necessitate this change. Is it a case of Eric Stoltz just not feeling right for the role of Marty McFly in "Back to the Future" (one of filmdom's more infamous cast changes), or is it something more mundane like a scheduling conflict or interpersonal relationship issue?
No matter the reason, Woodley has nothing to worry about: In addition to "The Spectacular Now," she recently landed the coveted lead role in the hotly anticipated YA adaptation "Divergent."
[via Indiewire h/t ET Canada]