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Shailene Woodley is not sure she is playing Mary Jane in The Amazing Spider-man 3

01.20.2014

Last summer, Sony and Marc Webb issued the statement that Shailene Woodley was being cut from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 so that the story could be streamlined to focus on the relationship between Gwen Stacy and Peter Parker. Since then, not only have two additional SPIDER-MAN movies been announced but so have numerous spin-off films. It is obvious that there is a bigger plan in the works for the franchise.

But, does that plan include Shailene Woodley? The actress has appeared in the highly regarded THE SPECTACULAR NOW and the upcoming THE FAULT IN OUR STARS and DIVERGENT, so is there room built into her schedule to play the love interest to Spider-man? MTV asked Woodley at the Sundance Film Festival where she is promoting her film WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD.

“I don’t know anything, but seeing as how they picked up the next two DIVERGENT films, I don’t know how I would keep my sanity with two big action films in one year. But anything can happen.”

DIVERGENT is the first film in a trilogy and the second and third films are already planned for release in 2015 and 2016. It seems highly unlikely that Woodley could fit both series into her schedule. Sony never announced that Woodley was out of the cast or out of her contract to play the role, simply saying she would not be in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2. I think it is safe to say at this point that the search will be on for a new Mary Jane.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 hits theaters on May 2nd, 2014 with the two sequels slated for June 10th, 2016 and May 4th, 2018.

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3:19AM on 01/21/2014
If they had cast younger for Peter Parker, Bella Thorne has the look down pat.
If they had cast younger for Peter Parker, Bella Thorne has the look down pat.
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1:04AM on 01/21/2014
I think the most important thing when choosing MJ is chemistry. This is the lady who ends up as Peter's wife, sticks with him through think and thin, his best friend, his biggest ally and most importantly his strongest rock. Looks are only part of the equation. While I think the relationship between Peter and MJ was the weakest part of the Raimi series, the relationship between Peter and Gwen was the saving grace to ASM. They'll need someone to be on par if not better than Stone's Gwen
I think the most important thing when choosing MJ is chemistry. This is the lady who ends up as Peter's wife, sticks with him through think and thin, his best friend, his biggest ally and most importantly his strongest rock. Looks are only part of the equation. While I think the relationship between Peter and MJ was the weakest part of the Raimi series, the relationship between Peter and Gwen was the saving grace to ASM. They'll need someone to be on par if not better than Stone's Gwen Stacy.
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10:30PM on 01/20/2014
I'd settle for an MJ who won't keep getting kidnapped at the end of the movie, supermodel or not.
I'd settle for an MJ who won't keep getting kidnapped at the end of the movie, supermodel or not.
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10:28PM on 01/20/2014
Woodley is a good actress and would have been a fine MJ, but if she doesn't come back Marc Webb should try to get Olivia Wilde. She's been on my MJ wish list for years and would be very likable in the role, which the actress has to be after what (might) happen to Gwen. Whoever plays Mary Jane has to be someone the audience will love and root for, and will be believable as someone who makes Peter's life better. That's where Dunst failed in the role.
Woodley is a good actress and would have been a fine MJ, but if she doesn't come back Marc Webb should try to get Olivia Wilde. She's been on my MJ wish list for years and would be very likable in the role, which the actress has to be after what (might) happen to Gwen. Whoever plays Mary Jane has to be someone the audience will love and root for, and will be believable as someone who makes Peter's life better. That's where Dunst failed in the role.
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2:44AM on 01/21/2014
I like Wilde and was rooting for her or Eva Green as Wonder Woman,I don't know if I'd necessarily pick her for MJ, but I agree with you about where they failed in their treatment of the character int he Raimi films.
I like Wilde and was rooting for her or Eva Green as Wonder Woman,I don't know if I'd necessarily pick her for MJ, but I agree with you about where they failed in their treatment of the character int he Raimi films.
9:40PM on 01/20/2014
I'm not saying Divergent is going to bomb, but most of these twilight knock-offs haven't done too well. I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.
I'm not saying Divergent is going to bomb, but most of these twilight knock-offs haven't done too well. I wouldn't count my chickens before they hatch.
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2:41AM on 01/21/2014
Divergent is actually a Hunger Games knock-off rather than a Twilight one, but yeah I totally get what you mean, and you're right. I definitely have my doubts about how big of a hit Divergent will be, but one key difference is that most of the Twilight knock-off films were adaptations of B-List Young Adult series. Divergent hasn't sold nearly as many copies as say Hunger Games or Twilight but it's sold a heck of a lot more than something like The Mortal Instruments, and also just has a lot of
Divergent is actually a Hunger Games knock-off rather than a Twilight one, but yeah I totally get what you mean, and you're right. I definitely have my doubts about how big of a hit Divergent will be, but one key difference is that most of the Twilight knock-off films were adaptations of B-List Young Adult series. Divergent hasn't sold nearly as many copies as say Hunger Games or Twilight but it's sold a heck of a lot more than something like The Mortal Instruments, and also just has a lot of buzz around it right now in the YA Lit community, so while definitely not a sure thing, I think it stands a lot better shot at being a hit than many of it's predecessors.
8:46PM on 01/20/2014

Did you see last night's True Detective?

Sony, for the love of God, cast Alexandra Daddario as MJ. She blows Woodley and Stone out of the water, it's not even close. She fits perfectly the model good looks that MJ is supposed to have and she could pull off the red hair in a way Woodley never could hope to do. Need a refresher course: Head over to sister site MovieHotties.
Sony, for the love of God, cast Alexandra Daddario as MJ. She blows Woodley and Stone out of the water, it's not even close. She fits perfectly the model good looks that MJ is supposed to have and she could pull off the red hair in a way Woodley never could hope to do. Need a refresher course: Head over to sister site MovieHotties.
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2:24AM on 01/21/2014
Meh. She is attractive in a dark kinda way, but she doesn't strike me as "the girl next door" type, which is something MJ was about. I didnt feel that Dunst pulled that off. But Im only speaking from lack of knowledge on Daddario, never seen her in anything, so I could be wrong.
Meh. She is attractive in a dark kinda way, but she doesn't strike me as "the girl next door" type, which is something MJ was about. I didnt feel that Dunst pulled that off. But Im only speaking from lack of knowledge on Daddario, never seen her in anything, so I could be wrong.
2:38AM on 01/21/2014
I think Dadarrio is plenty pretty, but aside from that I don't think that physically she's a natural fit for Mary Jane, and I think that Woodley is a better actress. Daddario is no means bad, but Woodley has been truly phenomenal in some of her roles.
I think Dadarrio is plenty pretty, but aside from that I don't think that physically she's a natural fit for Mary Jane, and I think that Woodley is a better actress. Daddario is no means bad, but Woodley has been truly phenomenal in some of her roles.
8:37PM on 01/20/2014

It's like...

the powers to be don't have any idea what to do with anything in this new Spider-Man series. It's their loss that they kicked Shailene to the curb. She'll have a great career.
the powers to be don't have any idea what to do with anything in this new Spider-Man series. It's their loss that they kicked Shailene to the curb. She'll have a great career.
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7:14PM on 01/20/2014
I really feel like she should've gotten a shot at the part and that all the criticism levelled against her for being unattractive was kinda harsh, but I do understand the "Mary Jane should be a supermodel!" point of view and I'm not going to act like I think Shailene is the best choice for the part. Honestly though, I find her prettier than Kirsten Dunst.
I really feel like she should've gotten a shot at the part and that all the criticism levelled against her for being unattractive was kinda harsh, but I do understand the "Mary Jane should be a supermodel!" point of view and I'm not going to act like I think Shailene is the best choice for the part. Honestly though, I find her prettier than Kirsten Dunst.
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6:39PM on 01/20/2014
I AM IN THE MINORITY but her casting was the first casting in the new Spider-Man franchise that I was actually excited about.

I never understood the negativity when they announced her casting and so many fanboys saying ... She wasn't good enough looking?
Beauty is like art, it's subjective, and if your good enough looking to be a canvas then it's up to the director or photographer (for pictures) to make you look how they want.

I think Woodley is hotter than Stone. There I said it.
I AM IN THE MINORITY but her casting was the first casting in the new Spider-Man franchise that I was actually excited about.

I never understood the negativity when they announced her casting and so many fanboys saying ... She wasn't good enough looking?
Beauty is like art, it's subjective, and if your good enough looking to be a canvas then it's up to the director or photographer (for pictures) to make you look how they want.

I think Woodley is hotter than Stone. There I said it.
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6:35PM on 01/20/2014

Am I the only person . . .

. . . who happens to think that this girl is not even remotely attractive? I mean, she has maybe third-tier character looks, but having her as a major love interest or action star? I'd spend the whole movie trying to figure out why she got cast in the first place.
. . . who happens to think that this girl is not even remotely attractive? I mean, she has maybe third-tier character looks, but having her as a major love interest or action star? I'd spend the whole movie trying to figure out why she got cast in the first place.
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2:34AM on 01/21/2014
I don't know if you're the "only one," but I think you are certainly in the minority. Also, while I think Woodley is plenty pretty, sometime actresses are actually cast for their talent rather than looks (I know crazy talk, right?), which Woodley happens to also possess.
I don't know if you're the "only one," but I think you are certainly in the minority. Also, while I think Woodley is plenty pretty, sometime actresses are actually cast for their talent rather than looks (I know crazy talk, right?), which Woodley happens to also possess.
6:25PM on 01/20/2014

If they recast....

They should get Jane Levy from Evil Dead. She'd be great, and looks like MJ. However, the only reason they wouldn't cast her is because she looks a lot like Emma Stone.
They should get Jane Levy from Evil Dead. She'd be great, and looks like MJ. However, the only reason they wouldn't cast her is because she looks a lot like Emma Stone.
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5:41PM on 01/20/2014
Oh nooo! So the next Spiderman movies are doomed. Gimme a break! Doesn't matter.
Oh nooo! So the next Spiderman movies are doomed. Gimme a break! Doesn't matter.
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5:14PM on 01/20/2014

I know there were a lot of fans who weren't too keen on her casting

But I for one really like Woodley as an actress, and while I'm sure that there are many others who will make capable replacements, would have liked to have seen her in the part.
But I for one really like Woodley as an actress, and while I'm sure that there are many others who will make capable replacements, would have liked to have seen her in the part.
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4:44PM on 01/20/2014
Thank god...you've finally stopped using that plain Jane photo of her that had me shaking my head in disbelief and going...THAT'S MARY JANE????? The one on the homepage is much better. The one used on this page is better too. What's that? Why don't I actually comment about what the actress said??? Well, I'm not really bothered if the character is in the movie or not...that's why :o)
Thank god...you've finally stopped using that plain Jane photo of her that had me shaking my head in disbelief and going...THAT'S MARY JANE????? The one on the homepage is much better. The one used on this page is better too. What's that? Why don't I actually comment about what the actress said??? Well, I'm not really bothered if the character is in the movie or not...that's why :o)
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4:07PM on 01/20/2014
If only we could go back in time and prevent Marvel from selling the Spider-Man franchise to Sony and the X-Men to Fox.
If only we could go back in time and prevent Marvel from selling the Spider-Man franchise to Sony and the X-Men to Fox.
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3:33PM on 01/20/2014
While I thought she was odd for MJ, I kind of feel bad for her. Not in the sense of her career, as it seems she has a growing one, but in the sense that, here is this big role in a major film and she keeps kind of getting tossed around. While I still don't think she is right for the part, especially going from Emma Stone, I still think that the studio should settle this issue, considering that MJ is a major character in the franchise.
While I thought she was odd for MJ, I kind of feel bad for her. Not in the sense of her career, as it seems she has a growing one, but in the sense that, here is this big role in a major film and she keeps kind of getting tossed around. While I still don't think she is right for the part, especially going from Emma Stone, I still think that the studio should settle this issue, considering that MJ is a major character in the franchise.
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3:14PM on 01/20/2014
I don't understand how she or the studio doesn't know if she will or won't be in these new films. It almost seems like this new franchise has no idea what to do with the character; which is bizarre.
I don't understand how she or the studio doesn't know if she will or won't be in these new films. It almost seems like this new franchise has no idea what to do with the character; which is bizarre.
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3:26PM on 01/20/2014
Well, the second film is still a long ways off, so planning for her to be in the next film seems a little premature. I think they want to wait for the second film before diving into the third, even if they're already going to be filming it.
Well, the second film is still a long ways off, so planning for her to be in the next film seems a little premature. I think they want to wait for the second film before diving into the third, even if they're already going to be filming it.
6:27PM on 01/20/2014
I don't understand the idiots that just down vote you for writing reasonable comments like this one.
I don't understand the idiots that just down vote you for writing reasonable comments like this one.
11:16PM on 01/20/2014
My opinion it's just pointless babbling that never adds anything to the conversation. Kinda like an opinion that you'll hear but roll your eyes at because the person says it over and over again.
My opinion it's just pointless babbling that never adds anything to the conversation. Kinda like an opinion that you'll hear but roll your eyes at because the person says it over and over again.
12:20AM on 01/21/2014
Freeden, you're probably right. And dseal22, I don't understand either. I appreciate the feedback and support though.
Freeden, you're probably right. And dseal22, I don't understand either. I appreciate the feedback and support though.
3:13PM on 01/20/2014
I hope shes right...
I hope shes right...
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2:53PM on 01/20/2014

Stay with Gwen Stacy

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have such great chemistry together that it would be a shame to break that up.
Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone have such great chemistry together that it would be a shame to break that up.
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3:27PM on 01/20/2014
Well, it will inevitably happen since the story dictates it. I would guess that this new Spiderman film will be the one in which we say goodbye to Emma.
Well, it will inevitably happen since the story dictates it. I would guess that this new Spiderman film will be the one in which we say goodbye to Emma.
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2:53PM on 01/20/2014
Can't be in two action movies? Let's be realistic for a second, for the most part she would maybe be in like one, possibly two action sequences in a Spider-Man movie. The other stuff would just be her in dramatic scenes with Peter Parker. I think she could handle the work load of being in Divergent and Spiderman in the same year.
Can't be in two action movies? Let's be realistic for a second, for the most part she would maybe be in like one, possibly two action sequences in a Spider-Man movie. The other stuff would just be her in dramatic scenes with Peter Parker. I think she could handle the work load of being in Divergent and Spiderman in the same year.
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