Emma Stone Officially Cast as Gwen Stacy in New 'Spider-Man'
by Ethan Anderton
October 5, 2010
Since the actress had been mentioned on the shortlist of actress to take the presumed role of Mary Jane Watson in the Spider-Man reboot from Marc Webb, it's no surprise that Sony Pictures announced that Emma Stone had been cast in the superhero flick. However, what is surprising is that the usually, brilliantly red-headed actress was officially announced to play Peter Parker's first love interest, the beautiful, blonde Gwen Stacy. While the character was given a supporting role (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) in the sloppy and careless Spider-Man 3, she's actually much more pivotal in the webcrawler's development as a hero.
However, I'm wondering if the sparks between Gwen and Peter are meant to only last for one film to keep with the comic book story where she dies at the hands of The Green Goblin (thus causing Peter to blame himself for her death). Even if the villain in the reboot ends up being someone other than "Gobby," her death could still very well be part of the story. It would be quite interesting to see if they use Stacy only to kill her off after one film and really strike a huge blow to Parker/Spidey from the get-go. A narrative move like that would be bold and quite unprecedented, but I'm not sure it's likely. And if Mary Jane ends up getting introduced later, Stacy's death would bring an interesting obstacle to overcome in their relationship as well.
Hardcore fans needn't worry about Stone's red hair changing the look of Gwen Stacy because today's press release also wisely revealed that the actress is actually a natural blonde anyway. More importantly, director Marc Webb said, "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." Sony was probably quite pleased considering she has a long relationship with the studio from films like Superbad, The House Bunny, Zombieland and most recently, Easy A. Thoughts?