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Wood is MJ Watson

06.13.2009

While some (like myself) have hoped that the droopy-lidded, seemingly disinterested Kirsten Dunst would not be returning as love interest Mary Jane Watson in the next SPIDER-MAN movie(s), people behind the film have insisted she'll be back. Damn.

One place she won't be playing the role, however, is on Broadway. As has long been expected, actress Evan Rachel Wood (THE WRESTLER, THIRTEEN) has worked out possible scheduling conflicts and will definitely play Peter Parker's squeeze/damsel in distress on stage for the musical SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, scheduled to open in early 2010.

The webbed suit currently remains unoccupied -- the producers had pursued Wood's ACROSS THE UNIVERSE co-star Jim Sturgess for the part, but so far the show still needs a singing, swinging main man.

The "circus rock-n-roll drama" comes from director Julie Taymor (TITUS, FRIDA) with U2's Bono and The Edge providing the tunage. Spidey will supposedly clash with Green Goblin, Carnage, Electro, Rhino, Swarm and Lizard, but the main villain is a new invention named Swiss Miss, whose costume consists of rotating knives and swirling corkscrews.

Extra Tidbit: That's right: Swiss Miss.
Source: Hollyscoop

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2:56PM on 06/16/2009

Dunst

I'm satisfied with Dunst in Spider-Man. I've always liked her and although shes done better acting it by no means is bad enough to replace her outright. Not a big fan of changing actors in movies unless it really...really needs changed.
I'm satisfied with Dunst in Spider-Man. I've always liked her and although shes done better acting it by no means is bad enough to replace her outright. Not a big fan of changing actors in movies unless it really...really needs changed.
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8:54AM on 06/15/2009
She should have been Mary Jane in the movies. Either her or Sophia Bush.

Besides, the movies were flawed beyond characters.
She should have been Mary Jane in the movies. Either her or Sophia Bush.

Besides, the movies were flawed beyond characters.
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6:26PM on 06/14/2009
dont listen to generalzod critic you are not alone
dont listen to generalzod critic you are not alone
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3:44PM on 06/14/2009

Dunst is solid...

Dunst was solid in those movies... mind you the movies themselves weren't all that great. happy about Evan Rachel as well.
Dunst was solid in those movies... mind you the movies themselves weren't all that great. happy about Evan Rachel as well.
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12:42PM on 06/14/2009
if i were raimi i wouldve had a different actress play mj in each movie just for the mind fuck because we know what a loser parker is.
if i were raimi i wouldve had a different actress play mj in each movie just for the mind fuck because we know what a loser parker is.
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10:01AM on 06/14/2009

Yes

...yes you are.
...yes you are.
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6:30AM on 06/14/2009
Am I the only person in the world who thought Kirsten Dunst was great as MJ Watson, and will happily welcome her return?
Am I the only person in the world who thought Kirsten Dunst was great as MJ Watson, and will happily welcome her return?
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4:27AM on 06/14/2009
lt,da that is besides the point i am talking about recasting a pivotal character from a franchise. Who has been in 3 films so far it would be dumb to recast.
lt,da that is besides the point i am talking about recasting a pivotal character from a franchise. Who has been in 3 films so far it would be dumb to recast.
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1:42AM on 06/14/2009

Mark_Rumsfield ...

... i totally agree with you on kirsten. you said it all and more.
people should watch her other movies and not judge her on just spider-man.

She is talented no doubt, but the MJ character doesnt do much in the movies, except get captured and scream.

But raimi should REALLY concentrate on Parker's character - stop making him such a idiotic LOSER !! He's got super powers for god's sake !!


and as for this musical shit ... watchin some dude in red tights singing while swinging is not
... i totally agree with you on kirsten. you said it all and more.
people should watch her other movies and not judge her on just spider-man.

She is talented no doubt, but the MJ character doesnt do much in the movies, except get captured and scream.

But raimi should REALLY concentrate on Parker's character - stop making him such a idiotic LOSER !! He's got super powers for god's sake !!


and as for this musical shit ... watchin some dude in red tights singing while swinging is not my thing
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12:50AM on 06/14/2009

and project 86...

You're right, it would suck if they recast Michael Caine for Batman 3. But that's only cause Caine is awesome. Katie Holmes and Kirsten Dunst are as talentless as they come.
You're right, it would suck if they recast Michael Caine for Batman 3. But that's only cause Caine is awesome. Katie Holmes and Kirsten Dunst are as talentless as they come.
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12:49AM on 06/14/2009

Hey, Mark Rumsfield...

...go kill yourself.
...go kill yourself.
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10:33PM on 06/13/2009

Recasting Rachel Dawes was one of the many problems with the dark knight

project 86, I completely agree with you about continuity. That's an important aspect of any sequel and it should be more of a priority.

Speaking of the new Batman franchise, I thought it was fucking ridiculous that Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes. If anything, they should have written that character out. Because, I was constantly distracted everytime Maggie Gyllenhaal was onscreen because she clearly wasn't Rachel Dawes. And Katie Holmes had way more chemistry with Christian Bale
project 86, I completely agree with you about continuity. That's an important aspect of any sequel and it should be more of a priority.

Speaking of the new Batman franchise, I thought it was fucking ridiculous that Maggie Gyllenhaal replaced Katie Holmes. If anything, they should have written that character out. Because, I was constantly distracted everytime Maggie Gyllenhaal was onscreen because she clearly wasn't Rachel Dawes. And Katie Holmes had way more chemistry with Christian Bale but that's besides the point. Also, that movie just plain sucked in my opinion anyway. It took itself so seriously and everyone was praising it as a gritty and realistic movie but it was nothing more than a live action cartoon with cardboard characterizations. I in particular HATED the laughable transition of Harvey Dent into Two-Face and Heath Ledger's annoying portrayal of The Joker and how all of his plans worked perfectly and how he was glamorized (but I blame the writing for that too and the directing, Nolan was so in love with the joker it was cringe worthy to watch).
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10:19PM on 06/13/2009
if they recasted dunst i would not watch sm4 continuity is more important.Just imagine them replacing michael caine in batman 3 a character who is in the past several films of that franchise.
if they recasted dunst i would not watch sm4 continuity is more important.Just imagine them replacing michael caine in batman 3 a character who is in the past several films of that franchise.
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8:35PM on 06/13/2009
I was hoping this was about Evan Rachel Wood being cast in the film. That would have been great news; she'd fit the part better for sure.
I was hoping this was about Evan Rachel Wood being cast in the film. That would have been great news; she'd fit the part better for sure.
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8:34PM on 06/13/2009

Kirsten Dunst is cool in my book

I don't really go to Broadway shows but this is one that I would consider checking out.

Kirsten Dunst is a very good actress. The material just wasn't there for her in the Spidey flicks. I've been saying all along that they should have went the fun party girl route with her character and Dunst would have been PERFECT. She could have played it just like her character in Crazy/Beautiful (but without overdoing the substance abuse). I thought she was great in that movie and it's ridiculous
I don't really go to Broadway shows but this is one that I would consider checking out.

Kirsten Dunst is a very good actress. The material just wasn't there for her in the Spidey flicks. I've been saying all along that they should have went the fun party girl route with her character and Dunst would have been PERFECT. She could have played it just like her character in Crazy/Beautiful (but without overdoing the substance abuse). I thought she was great in that movie and it's ridiculous that the movie version of MJ is not a party girl.

I think a lot of people jumped ship after Spidey 3. I actually think they didn't capture the comics ever in this series so Spidey 3 was okay in my opinion.

And I actually thought the writing for Peter Parker in Spider-Man 2 was the worst in the series. Raimi made him such a loser who couldn't catch a break and it was painful to watch.

I actually liked that in Spider-Man 3, Raimi had a great role reversal with Peter and MJ. This time, MJ was the one who was having sh!tty luck and everything was going wrong for her. And Peter was becoming successful and praised.

I like Sam Raimi, Evil Dead is one of my favorite movies, but his work on the Spider-Man series has been only okay in my opinion.

And it really depresses me that Kirsten Dunst is not in better movies. She is capable of doing excellent acting. I remember back in the summer of '01, she was a rising star, hosted the MTV movie awards (not that that means much), and I was very caught up in her, having high hopes for her career. And it hasn't happened yet. Sure, she was in the Spider-Man movies but that didn't allow her to really act. Maybe one day. But, the constant bashing of her is ridiculous in my opinion. I want to see this girl come out on top and wish people would give her a break.
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7:58PM on 06/13/2009

You know what's ironic?

This Broadway show looks much more promising than the movie.
This Broadway show looks much more promising than the movie.
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7:05PM on 06/13/2009
The funny thing is that people who really hate her are the hardcore Spidey fans. I think they never really forgave her for being unenthusiastic about the role, in interviews, and for not fitting the model-look of the comic MJ. I agree that I thought she was decent with basically a crappy part. And at this point who are you gonna cast instead? Mary Elisabeth Winstead, Evan Rachel Wood? Any other names I've heard are about ten years younger than Tobey Maguire.
And when they try to reboot the
The funny thing is that people who really hate her are the hardcore Spidey fans. I think they never really forgave her for being unenthusiastic about the role, in interviews, and for not fitting the model-look of the comic MJ. I agree that I thought she was decent with basically a crappy part. And at this point who are you gonna cast instead? Mary Elisabeth Winstead, Evan Rachel Wood? Any other names I've heard are about ten years younger than Tobey Maguire.
And when they try to reboot the franchise, in say five years? Those two would be perfect so we'll have to wait.
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6:45PM on 06/13/2009
I dont get why people hate Kirsten Dunst so much. I thought she was fine as MJ, why change it now after 3 movies?
I dont get why people hate Kirsten Dunst so much. I thought she was fine as MJ, why change it now after 3 movies?
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4:34PM on 06/13/2009

Dunst is OK

It's just that there isn't much she can do with a poorly written role; basically all she does is moan, scream and get kidnapped by the main villain.
It's just that there isn't much she can do with a poorly written role; basically all she does is moan, scream and get kidnapped by the main villain.
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4:11PM on 06/13/2009
Dunst is a bad actress. She always seems bored and doesnt seem to display emotion very well. However..if they replaced her Id have an issue with the continuity of the films, and that means more to me at this point.

The musical should be interesting to say the least.
Dunst is a bad actress. She always seems bored and doesnt seem to display emotion very well. However..if they replaced her Id have an issue with the continuity of the films, and that means more to me at this point.

The musical should be interesting to say the least.
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3:48PM on 06/13/2009

Spidey on Broadway...

Interesting concept. I hope a DVD of a performance is released or something. I'd like to see that.
Interesting concept. I hope a DVD of a performance is released or something. I'd like to see that.
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12:45PM on 06/13/2009
swiss miss with mini- marshmellows or without?
its important.
swiss miss with mini- marshmellows or without?
its important.
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12:39PM on 06/13/2009
??? ...that villain line up is alot to chew on...hard to believe any of it.
??? ...that villain line up is alot to chew on...hard to believe any of it.
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12:10PM on 06/13/2009
i agree i dont understand the hate she gets and sorry guys she was not the problem with sm3 it was everything else LOL

she was fine as mj she is not a great actress but not horrible by any means
i agree i dont understand the hate she gets and sorry guys she was not the problem with sm3 it was everything else LOL

she was fine as mj she is not a great actress but not horrible by any means
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11:46AM on 06/13/2009
I don't get the hate for Dunst. I truly don't. She was fine in all three movies imo. Its the way the character was written in Spidey 3 that was the problem.
I don't get the hate for Dunst. I truly don't. She was fine in all three movies imo. Its the way the character was written in Spidey 3 that was the problem.
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