June 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
And now, a new twist on the drama. Merely one day after word broke that Shailene Woodley’s scenes had been cut from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ and the character of Mary Jane Watson would not appear until “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ in 2016, Movie Web reports that not only will the role be recast, it may already be a done deal. Canadian actress Sarah Gadon is who their source indicates has taken over the role of Peter Parker’s most iconic love interest, and Gadon herself has added fuel to the fire by confirming to ET Canada that she has indeed joined the franchise – without specifying who she’ll be playing.
Meanwhile, reliable sources like The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider are still insisting Gadon is not Mary Jane, and Mary Jane indeed will not appear until part 3. It’s certainly possible Gadon has indeed joined the franchise in some other role, at the most awkward time possible, causing Movieweb’s sources to get their wires crossed or jump to conclusions. After all, Marc Webb (if he returns) and the studio have at least two years to find the right MJ for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker. On the flip side, if they did rush to cast her as MJ, it might stand to reason that MJ not being in TASM2 is a lie and Gadon will reshoot all of Woodley’s scenes.
Time will tell on all of this shady business, but for now, it’s quite a big coup for Gadon to land a role (whichever role it may be) in such a major superhero franchise. The Canadian actress was essentially discovered and put on the map thanks to David Cronenberg, who has now cast her in three of his films, “A Dangerous Method”, “Cosmopolis” and the upcoming “Maps to the Stars.” She’s also worked with his son Brandon on his feature directorial debut “Antiviral”, and has not stopped ascending the Hollywood ladder since. She was cast as the female lead opposite Luke Evans in “Dracula” and has wrapped on indies “Belle” and “An Enemy” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
June 19, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bummer! Even though she already dyed her hair red and shot all her scenes, it appears creative reasons have forced Shailene Woodley’s introduction as Mary Jane Watson out of sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
This shocking announcement came on the heels of Sony announcing that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4″ were already in the works and even had release dates, so it’s possible a new decision to stretch out Peter Parker’s storyline has affected the introduction of his One True Love. Indeed, director Marc Webb has released a statement, citing a desire to focus on Peter’s current established relationship with first love Gwen Stacy: “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.” Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone continue to film their scenes in New York, with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ set for release on May 2, 2014.
Woodley, for her part, is disappointed. “Of course I’m bummed,” she tells EW. “But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. MJ only appeared in a few scenes and I wouldn’t trade the experience of working with Andrew and Emma for three days on set for the world. Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing MJ until the next film.” But now reports are emerging that if and when MJ is introduced, she may not be played by Woodley at all, with the actress committed to teen action franchise “Divergent” for the foreseeable future.
June 17, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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More Peter Parker is definitely swinging our way. With “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ still filming and not even hitting theaters until May of 2014, Sony has penciled in release dates for the third and fourth installments of the Marvel comic book movie franchise. “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ will be released on June 10th, 2016 and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4″ has landed the first 2018 release date: May 4th, 2018.
Marc Webb, who directed the first film, is currently directing the sequel with Andrew Garfield returning in the title role and Emma Stone reprising her role as Gwen Stacy. It’s unclear if Webb will return for any more sequels, but Garfield at least is signed on through the third film. As for Stone, the addition of Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson in the sequel leaves Gwen’s future very much in question as well. Dane DeHaan also recently joined the franchise as Harry Osborn and Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti get villain duty this time around as Electro and Rhino, respectively. Then there’s the mysterious presence of Felicity Jones, who was cast in an unspecified role.
Could those rumors of a Sinister Six setup and a larger Spidey cinematic universe be true after all?
April 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We’ve seen glimpses of Andrew Garfield, Shailene Woodley, Emma Stone and even Jamie Foxx looking quite outlandish as Electro filming “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ around New York over the past couple of months, and not to be left out, today Dane DeHaan has taken to Twitter to give us what appears to be the first official photo of Harry Osborn.
DeHaan, like his fellow newbie Woodley, looks good to us taking on the iconic role of Peter Parker’s best friend turned enemy and the son of the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn (to be played by Chris Cooper in this new retelling). Wearing a fancy suit and climbing into the back of a private car, looking slightly angry and sinister, DeHaan looks well suited to the rich outsider Harry first glimpsed in Marvel comics in 1965.
The sequel’s cast also includes Paul Giamatti as the villainous Rhino and Felicity Jones in an unspecified role, neither of whom have been spotted yet. But with filming due to continue through July, hopefully we’ll get some more details about their characters soon. But for now, it looks as if we’ve gotten a look at most of the main characters featured in the continuation of Marc Webb’s “Untold Story” of Spider-Man.
The first photo of DeHaan as Harry can be viewed below, and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014.
February 26, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
We got a first glimpse of Peter Parker yesterday, and now here’s Mary Jane Watson! Shailene Woodley joined co-star Andrew Garfield on the set of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ today, and Just Jared and Zimbio have the first photos.
Woodley sported her new MJ-styled red hair as she filmed a scene with Garfield’s Peter, who’s working on an old car as she pulls up on a motorcycle. Not much to see here, but it is our first look at Woodley in full-blown MJ garb and she looks great. Presumably director Marc Webb has scheduled all of Mary Jane’s scenes (which aren’t supposed to be too many) for the beginning of the shoot since the in demand Woodly is expected to begin filming on YA adaptation “Divergent” at the beginning of April. Dane DeHaan, who recently talked about bulking up for his role as Harry Osborn, will probably be spotted soon, as well as Emma Stone, who is returning as Gwen Stacey, and Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti, joining the franchise as villains Electro and Rhino, respectively.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014 and several new images of Woodley and Garfield from today’s filming in Brooklyn are below.
February 25, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Sony Pictures released the first official photo of the superhero’s new suit for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ today, and the timing of the release became clear as just a few hours later, Andrew Garfield himself was spotted donning the suit for our first glimpse of the set of the Marc Webb comic book adaptation sequel.
Webb has been tweeting sometimes cryptic photos from the set, but this is the first outdoor shoot and Britain’s Daily Mail got the first photos of the titular webslinger himself. Garfield returns as Peter Parker, Emma Stone is back as Gwen Stacy, Sally Field returns to reprise Aunt May and even Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben is back (somehow). We only have vague plot speculations based on comic canon, but Peter’s new friends include Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, while new adversaries are taking the forms of Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014 and the full image of the new suit, as well as a couple of pictures of Garfield and who looks to be an upside down stuntman on set, are below.
January 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Marc Webb is not done assembling his already impressive cast for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ just yet. Already boasting the return of Andrew Garfield, Sally Field and Emma Stone and welcoming aboard newbies Shailene Woodley, Dane DeHaan and Jamie Foxx, now comes word via THR that Paul Giamatti is negotiating to play the villain known as The Rhino and British actress Felicity Jones is also in talks for an unspecified role.
Filming begins this month on the sequel that has no specified plot just yet, but will feature Garfield back to web-slinging as Peter Parker, Stone as his first (doomed?) love Gwen Stacey, Woodley as his flame-haired future wife Mary Jane Watson and DeHaan as bestie-eventually-turned-villain Harry Osborn. Foxx is playing the villainous Electro, while Giamatti’s Rhino started out life in the comics as “a thug from a Soviet Block country who wore a superhuman suit that made him invulnerable while giving him super-strength and super-speed. It also had a deadly horn on top.” All these new kids on the block, and they still haven’t cast Harry’s dad Norman Osborn, aka iconic Spidey villain Green Goblin yet. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will be released on May 2, 2014.
Jones broke out in Drake Doremus’ 2010 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning “Like Crazy”, and recently premiered their second collaboration, “Breathe In”, at Sundance 2013. She recently completed work on Ralph Fiennes’ Charles Dickens biopic “The Other Woman”, and is attached to Warren Beatty’s long-gestating Howard Hughes biopic, along with Nancy Meyers’ ensemble dramedy “The Chelsea.”
December 3, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Peter Parker’s expanding class of friends and foes are nearly complete. Director Marc Webb announced via Twitter today that “Chronicle” star Dane DeHaan (one of our favorites!) has landed the pivotal role of Harry Osborn in the sequel to “The Amazing Spider-Man”, which sees Andrew Garfield returning as the webbed crusader, as well as Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Jamie Foxx was also recently cast as villain Electro.
DeHaan beat out not one but two shortlists of other young actors vying for the part, but we think Webb made absolutely the perfect choice in the end. Shailene Woodley is also joining the cast to play Mary Jane Watson, with both newcomers presumably having supporting roles in this first sequel but to be greatly expanded in the conclusion of the trilogy. Filming begins early next year with a release date already set for May 2nd, 2014.
Last seen on the big screen in “Lawless” opposite Tom Hardy and Shia Labeouf, DeHaan heads to Sundance next January with Beat generation origin pic “Kill Your Darlings” alongside Elizabeth Olsen and Danielle Radcliffe, and also has Derek Cianfrance’s “The Place Beyond the Pines” opposite Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper awaiting release.
See Webb’s Twitter announcement below.
November 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
UPDATE: According to THR, Booth is indeed testing for Harry Osborn, along with “Les Miserables” actor Eddie Redmayne, “Pirates of the Caribbean”‘s Sam Claflin and “The Host” star Boyd Holbrook. THR also states Webb is now seeking an athletic, good looking Harry and the initial shortlist of DeHaan, Alden Ehrenreich and Brady Corbet is now defunct, though this doesn’t explain why DeHaan was taking a meeting with the filmmakers alongside Booth. More as this story develops…
ORIGINAL STORY: Maybe. Fans over at Comic Book Movie spotted Andrew Garfield and Harry Osborn hopeful Dane DeHaan heading into “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ director Marc Webb’s house with scripts (and lunches) in hand along with another unidentified young actor. Well, the comment section identified that young actor as British up and comer Douglas Booth, who was not mentioned on the original shortlist for Harry, but who clearly has something to talk about with Webb and Garfield.
CBM believes the three will be having screen tests for the Harry Osborn role, but we can’t help but wonder: Who brings a salad to a screen test? And in even further over-analyzing these photos, both DeHaan and Booth are carrying salads in. Surely Webb and Garfield wouldn’t have two Harry hopefuls over at the same time (aca-awkward), nor would they have lunch twice just to be polite, so could it be that DeHaan and Booth are not up for the same role at all? Not being a huge Spider-Man history buff, I have no idea if there is another significant role for a young actor besides Harry Osborn, but perhaps a more well-informed reader could let us know.
November 14, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Now that Andrew Garfield has found his alter ego Peter Parker an MJ in Shailene Woodley and a villainous foe in Jamie Foxx as Electro, director Marc Webb and Sony are looking to cast Peter his best friend/nemesis, Harry Osborn. THR reports that at the moment, the actors being bandied about include Dane DeHaan, Brady Corbet and Alden Ehrenreich.
At the moment, filmmakers are said to be looking for a “dark and edgy” Harry, changed from an earlier “bigger, athletic” description, making the trio shortlisted above great fits all, though THR also warns other actors may come into play as the character of Osborn in this incarnation is still evolving. Filming begins in February on the sequel of the rebooted Marvel franchise, which will see Garfield returning as the webslinger, as well as Emma Stone as Spidey’s first love Gwen Stacy. Meanwhile, Woodley’s Mary Jane role is said to be somewhat supporting this time around, but will be expanded greatly for the conclusion of the planned trilogy. The same could certainly be true for whoever lands the Osborn role, as the character starts out as a friend to Peter, but ultimately becomes his greatest enemy, the Green Goblin (taking over for his father Norman).