Emma Stone Offered The Role Of Mary Jane Watson In Spider-Man Reboot

Last week, news broke that Sony, high on the both the critical reception and box office totals of Easy A, had begun considering Emma Stone for a role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. The report said that while she would be up for one of two female roles in the webslinger film, she would not be playing Mary Jane Watson. It was a strange twist, as fans were left wondering why they would consider the redheaded beauty for any other role. Well, what a difference a week makes.

Deadline is reporting that Sony will "imminently offer the role of Mary Jane Watson" to Emma Stone. The film, directed by Marc Webb, currently only has one other star attached, Andrew Garfield, who will be playing Spidey himself. Stone stunned audiences in her first feature film role in Superbad, playing Jules, the object of Jonah Hill's character's affection and again playing con-artist/big sister Wichita in Ruben Fleischer's Zombieland. Stone recently earned rave reviews for her first starring role as Olive Penderghast in Easy A, a high school/modernized adaptation of The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Whether she will accept the role of Mary Jane in the film is unknown.

Considering her immense following, striking looks and beautiful red locks, I'm not sure why there was any doubt or competition for Stone as Mary Jane (she certainly beats the hell out of Kirsten Dunst). The only problem here is that the female lead in a superhero film is almost always a thankless part. It's truly a double-edged sword: while I believe that Stone is the only real choice to play the character, it might not be the world's great career move for her. Be sure to check back for more as this story develops.

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