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Emma Stone in “Spider-Man” reboot as … Gwen Stacy

Not too long ago it was announced (and we reported) that Emma Stone was in negotiations to play Peter Parker’s favorite redhead, Mary Jane Watson, in Marc Webb’s upcoming reboot of Spider-Man. Well, it was just announced today that Stone is actually set to play Parker’s blonde love interest, Gwen Stacy.

While Stone was assumed to be a perfect fit for Mary Jane (probably because of the red hair), she apparently was testing for Gwen, and it remains to be seen if Mary Jane is even a part to be cast. Are Dianna Agron (TV’s Glee), Georgina Haig (Road Kill), Dominique McElligott (Moon), and Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) in the running to play Mary Jane or is the book close on them? 

Also, did you know that Stone is actually a natural blonde? Not that it really means anything, but it’s still kind of interesting. 

The 3-D reboot will star Andrew Garfield  (The Social Network) as Peter Parker and is set for release on July 3, 2012. Deadline reports this surprising update. Here’s the press release:

“CULVER CITY, Calif., October 5, 2010 – Emma Stone has been cast as the female lead in the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios, it was announced today by Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures. Stone has been tapped for the role of Gwen Stacy opposite Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker. The film, to be directed by Marc Webb from a screenplay by James Vanderbilt and produced by Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin, will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012. 

The casting continues an association between Sony Pictures Entertainment and the actress, who previously starred in ‘Superbad,’ ‘The House Bunny,’ and ‘Zombieland,’ all for Columbia Pictures; she may currently be seen in Screen Gems’ hit comedy ‘Easy A,’ and takes a cameo role in Screen Gems’ upcoming ‘Friends with Benefits’. 

Commenting on the announcement, Tolmach said, ‘It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.’

Webb added, ‘The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.’

Emma Stone can currently be seen starring in Screen Gems’ hit comedy ‘Easy A.’ Next year, she will star in Warner Bros.’ ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love’ opposite Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling and in ‘The Help,’ the adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s bestselling novel; she also takes a cameo role in Screen Gems’ ‘Friends with Benefits’ and will voice a role in DreamWorks Animation’s comedy ‘The Croods.’ Stone’s recent credits include ‘Paperman,’ ‘Zombieland,’ ‘Ghosts of Girlfriends Past,’ ‘The House Bunny,’ ‘The Rocker,’ and ‘Superbad.’”

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