Be sure to take a look at these brand new interviews with Shailene and Divergent co-star Theo James. In the video below, the pair discuss various topics related to the film. Under the cut, Shailene also speaks on her part being cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. She handled it beautifully.
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER – The actress only worked three days and shot around three scenes, but director Marc Webb wants to streamline the story.
Shailene Woodley will not appear in Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and neither will her character, Mary Jane Watson, THR has confirmed.
Woodley’s appearance in Spider-Man 2 always was intended to be brief – the actress only worked three days and shot around three scenes – but sources say director Marc Webb decided to streamline the story.
“I made a creative decision to streamline the story and focus on Peter and Gwen and their relationship,” said Webb. “Shailene is an incredibly talented actress, and while we only shot a few scenes with Mary Jane, we all love working with her.”
The plan now is for Watson, one of Peter Parker/Spider-Man’s iconic love interests, to be introduced in the third movie.It is likely that Woodley will not return and that the part will be recast.
“Of course I’m bummed,” Woodley told Entertainment Weekly, which first reported the news. “But I’m a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.”
The studio earlier this week planted the flag for the third and fourth Spider-Man installments, dating the movies June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018.
MTV – Gwen Stacy is going to have some competition for Peter Parker’s heart in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” when Shailene Woodley enters the scene as the new Mary Jane Watson.
But first, let’s check in with the old Mary Jane, shall we?
During the recent press junket for “On the Road,” Kirsten Dunst spoke to MTV News about Woodley’s casting as Peter’s fiery-haired love interest. In short: she very much approves of the choice.
“I really like her too, a lot,” Dunst said about Woodley getting the role, going on to detail the encounters they’ve had in the past. “I’ve met her a few times and we’ve talked about health foods, we know some of the same people, she’s really into finding springs and natural water and she’ll go get her water and things like that. I’ve done that before, and we’ve talked about that. I think she’s a sweetheart and such a good actress.”
“I’m happy,” is Dunst’s ultimate position on the casting. “If I had to pick someone, I’m happy she’s following in my shoes.”
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY – Peter Parker, you two-timing devil. EW has confirmed that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming sequel to last summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man. If the deal goes through, Woodley would join Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and director Marc Webb on the film, starting production in early 2013. (Variety first broke the story.)
The news could scarcely come at a better time for Woodley; ABC Family just decided to end her series The Secret Life of the American Teenager after its upcoming fifth season.
Played by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy, the red-headed Mary Jane (or MJ) was introduced in the comics as a romantic rival of Parker’s other love interest, Gwen Stacy, and ultimately becomes the love of Peter’s life (and, for a time, his wife). The fact that MJ is appearing in the sequel suggests that this Spidey franchise reboot could be aiming to recreate the ultimate end of Gwen Stacy’s story in the Spider-Man comic book canon. Commence fanboy freak-out.
MJ isn’t the only Spidey character standby set to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2either.The filmmakers are also reportedly on the hunt for an actor to play Parker’s bestie-turned-nemesis Harry Osborn, played by James Franco in the Raimi films. But fans may have to wait for the debut of Harry’s nefarious father, Norman Osborn (a.k.a. The Green Goblin): Currently, one of the possible contenders for the main villain is Electro, a character hinted at in the post-credits sequence of The Amazing Spider-Man.
The sequel is set for a May 2, 2014 release date.