Yesterday, news came out that Shailene Woodley‘s scenes in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 would be cut from the movie. The reason given at the time by director Marc Webb was so that the movie could focus solely on the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).
The latest news is that Woodley will not be showing up in any Spider-Man sequel and the Mary Jane part would likely be recast with another actress. The reason given being:
Woodley will likely be busy with the sequels to her upcoming sci-fi movie Divergent and may not be available, so the tole may have to be recast.
That’s got to be some kinda code for, Fan reaction wasn’t incredibly positive so we’re dumping her. Recasting the role because there is a “chance” the actress will be busy on another project is pure nonsense. Schedules can be juggled without that much issue. The creative decision to shift Mary Jane’s appearance to later sequels can be reasonably explained, the recasting IMHO is a little stickier.
Don’t worry though, Woodley will be just fine. She’s already gotten her paycheck for her work on the film and her other projects should continue to spotlight her fantastic acting talents.
What do you think about this move? Does this boil down to wanting a sexier Mary Jane, more model than actual acting talent, or perhaps a bigger name with more recognition?