The Mary Jane character – the most famous of Peter Parker’s comic book love interests – will instead be pushed to the third film so that the rebooted franchise can focus on the relationship between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) first established in 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man. “I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” director Marc Webb explained in a statement. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.” It’s unclear if Woodley’s already-filmed scenes will be saved for use in the third film, which has a ways to go before it hits theaters in 2016.
Its been heavily speculated that Shailene Woodley was actually dropped from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise because she was wrong for the part. She appeared to be playing a motorcycle-riding tomboy, and as fans across the Internet were quick to cruelly point out, her look was way off base for the character. Though, her look also seemed to fit perfectly within the lines of this particular reboot.
Now, its sounding more and more like producers are in agreement with the very vocal fanbase, and that Shailene Woodley has, in fact, been re-cast. The actress only shot for three days, completing 3 scenes for the movie, in what would amount to a glorified cameo used to set up the character for future sequels. She was expendable and easy enough to cut out of the narrative.
Rumors this morning from a source very close to the production that Mary Jane Watson has already been re-cast. If we’re to believe this news, Sarah Gadon is our new Mary Jane Watson, and as you can see from this photo, she has a decidedly very different look than Shailene Woodley, one that plays to the pin-up model side of the Marvel character, while also fitting into the flannel moto-cross vibe that could make someone like Gwen very jealous and pull Peter’s eye away from his true love.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is currently in production and set to hit theaters May 2, 2014. This week Sony dated the third and fourth installments in the series for June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.