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?
Reader Feedback - 34 Comments
hmm...Stone is blonde by birth, so good casting...but we all know and love her by her amazing red hair! ah! Anderton good pic...as always.
Xerxex on Oct 5, 2010
LINKFX on Oct 5, 2010
I hope they go the route of the Amazing Spider-Man cartoon. That was such a good show and nailed the high school Peter perfectly.
Jo Momma on Oct 5, 2010
its funny alot of people did not know Emma Stone is actually blonde its even on Emma Stone wikipedia page. she dyed it red for Superbad and she stuck with the hair colour afterwards. anyway Emma Stone will be great as Gwen Stacy
tazz on Oct 5, 2010
Nice. I'm not looking forward to this too much but i like the casting so far, or i should say it's good. Stone I never really liked.
Eli on Oct 5, 2010
noooo, agron would've been perfect for the blondie 🙁
qweqwu on Oct 5, 2010
Okay so they cast the actress who is the least like Gwen out of the lot? Clever. I had trouble picturing her as MJ but as Gwen just takes the cake.
Bizzi on Oct 5, 2010
Maybe they'll put diana agron as the redhead, LOL, oh my, americans are so stupid.
qwuyg8ob on Oct 5, 2010
Why the fuck do u guys think she's more fit for gwen than the redhead, can someone explain me? I'm not familliar with the comics.
fdgdfgdafg on Oct 5, 2010
It says she's the first love of spidey, what??? she only appeared on spiderman 3, so she's the second girl he likes
michel on Oct 5, 2010
@8 bold claim, there are stupid people the world over. I'm sure there are two dudes in somewhere Europe trying to make a homemade rocket.
Xerxex on Oct 5, 2010
michel... you must realize that spider-man has been around since the early 60s and that the recent movie trilogy released is not canon. as for the casting... emma stone would most likely work out as either MJ or gwen. As for everything, reserve judgement until you see the movie. Venom in the third movie excited everyone... look how that worked out
Janny on Oct 5, 2010
@10 IGNORANCE IS BLISS!
reeft on Oct 5, 2010
If Emma Stone isn't sporting red hair, what's the point?
Kevin on Oct 5, 2010
i know this is not part of the article but the Green Lantern website is up #10 EPIC FAIL
tazz on Oct 5, 2010
@15 - Thanks! and Hah!!
Conrad The Great on Oct 5, 2010
I will wait and see. I love how other countries get on this American site to throw in a troll comment about America, Oh I wont argue that there is plenty of ignorance in this country.......but guys atleast give us the country you claim so we can throw some stereotypes your way. There are plenty of them to go around world wide.
McWilly on Oct 5, 2010
She matches Gwen Stacy more than Mary Jane Watson. Those who have read the comic know what I'm talking about. Awesome casting decision. Better than those Sam Rami movies that got all the casting choices wrong.
James on Oct 5, 2010
Kristen Dunst was good, but it's really nice to see these fresh faces.
LINKFX on Oct 5, 2010
hahaaaa right then awesome pick for gwen i think emma is on top of her game right now and shes bomb...can't wait till they say who MJ will be....wonder if they are gonna kill her off to develop spider-man more or will it be like those twilight movies and have a love triangle....o and #8 if you don't like american movies SOD OFF YA WANKA or whatever foreign country you come from...
croniccris on Oct 5, 2010
This franchise is hungry for greatness. This is the time to rebuild the franchise. They should utilise the villains that weren’t included in the previous films such as Beetle (Abner Jenkins), Carnage, Chameleon, Electro, Enforcers, Hammerhead, Hobgoblin, Hydro-Man, Jackal, Kingpin, Kraven the Hunter, Lizard, Morbius, Mysterio, Rhino, Scorpion, Shocker, Silvermane, Spot, Tinkerer, Tombstone, Vulture. Mary-Jane Watson has been a love interest in every Spider-Man film. That must change. They should include the following love interests and leave Mary-Jane Watson out of the films for at least a while: Liz Allan, Betty Brant, Gwen Stacy, Debra Whitman, April Maye, Michele Gonzales, Jean DeWolff, Jessica Drew, Lisa Skye, Marcy Kane, Angelica Jones, Felicia Hardy, Sarah Rushman, Carlie Cooper, Norah Winters. This is a second chance to get it right. This is an opportunity.
Arthur Marcus on Oct 5, 2010
i was going to protest...then i see the picture and find she is a blond anyways...now i have more faith
Jericho on Oct 5, 2010
Well...at least we know she's gonna die.
Angry Chief on Oct 5, 2010
I'm looking forward to see how Emma Stone handles dying on screen.
Xerxex on Oct 6, 2010
Wha wha whaaaat? Emma Stone is a blonde? My newfound favorite redhead just happens to NOT be a redhead? Ah geez. Way to burst my bubble Ethan. In any case, I think she's very well cast as Gwen. I always thought of Gwen as the more down to earth, girl-next-door type girlfriend, whereas MJ is more the otherworldly rockstar supermodel that Peter Parker could only dream of dating. And I think Emma plays a good girl-next-door.
Alfredo on Oct 6, 2010
Another woman to find to be the perfect Mary Jane. Emma Stone is pretty but I really don't see Mary Jane in her.
Lisa on Oct 6, 2010
dissapointed when annonced she was playing MJ, but she fits Gwen perfectly. curious about who is going to be MJ, cant picture any actor that would get her down right
Antoni05 on Oct 6, 2010
maybe they'll follow ultimate spider-man storyline. Gwen Stacy stuck around much longer there, lots of drama between Gwen Stacy liking Peter Parker but hate Spider-Man because some misunderstanding with a robber in fake spider-man costume that killed Gwen's father. then there's the on again off again love triangle between Peter, Gwen, and Mary, until much later when Carnage, a cloning experiment gone wrong from Peter's blood killed Gwen. so Peter still got that guilt similar to Goblin killing Gwen anyway. and Gwen's story didn't stop there, it lead on to the ultimate clone saga that become very convoluted, but I really enjoyed it as it expands the ultimate universe with Ultimate Spider-Woman (Peter Parker clone, but female)
Martin on Oct 6, 2010
oh my gosh. emma stone ftw
josh on Oct 6, 2010
ryderup on Oct 6, 2010
um...that's not Gwen Stacy in the picture above. That's Sarah Stacy, Gwen's daughter she had with Norman Osborn. She first appeared in Sins Past but that pic is from the second arc Sins Remembered. just sayin...
Marius665 on Oct 6, 2010
Well I guess the SONY SPIDER needs one talent at least!
Jimmy Love on Oct 6, 2010
@21 - Seriously? You're either trying to impress by coming straight from the wikipedia pages for Spider-Man/Peter Parker or you're the archetypal comic nerd who knows and recalls faaaaaar too much about the comics. Those lists, completely ridiculous. I'm going to go with option 1, because surely a true comic reader would know not to waste time on the "love interests" and villains you mention... Sorry to be a hater, but you tried too hard.
tony on Oct 7, 2010
Wouldn't it be ironic if Mia Wasikowska bagged the role of Mary Jane Watson? The irony being that Emma Stone was originally rumoured for the role of Mary Jane, while Mia was rumoured for Gwen Stacy
Jezza on Nov 1, 2010
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