Zooey Deschanel rumored for Betty Brant in “Spider-Man” reboot

November 10, 2010 | Posted By In Casting | 779 Views

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Take this one with a giant grain of salt as it comes to us from the ever-unreliable desk of Showbiz Spy, but rumors are swirling now that Zooey Deschanel is being eyed for the role of Betty Brant in the “Spider-Man” reboot starring Andrew Garfield.

Assistant to J Jonah Jameson and an early love interest for Peter Parker in comic lore, Elizabeth Banks played a much more inconsequential version of the character in the Sam Raimi adaptations. There’s absolutely no word on any plot details so it’s impossible to say what role, if any, Betty will play in the reboot, but I can’t help but think Deschanel would be perfectly cast as the sassy career girl if this rumor turned out to be true. And her connection to director Marc Webber (she starred in his “(500) Days of Summer”) should make her a strong contender – if the role even exists. Time will tell whether there’s any truth to this rumor, but I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!


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