It’s common for actors to be recast in popular movies, be it when the actor chooses not to return for a sequel or when they’re not suited for the role. In the case of actress Shailene Woodley, cast as the new Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, her role was cut after all her scenes were shot. A rare occurrence in multi-million dollar movies and something that hasn’t really sat well with some of Spidey’s fans.
In a recent interview with Crave Online the director opened up, explaining his decision to cut Woodley from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Simply put, she got in the way of the Gwen and Peter relationship, but for further explanation here’s Webb’s response from the interview:
It wasn’t [cut]… The character was just teased. It was a very minor inflection, and I felt it was important to really focus on Peter and Gwen’s storyline. It was hard, because I love Shai. I think she’s such a brilliant actor and such a lovely, wonderful warm person. That was hard, and having her presence in a movie is great, but I thought it was important to focus on Peter and Gwen. I’m excited to see Spectacular Now, though.
That last part seems a bit cryptic, but we could be making something out of nothing. At least it’s nice to see Marc didn’t want to cut her part, but thought it was best in the grand scheme of the sequel, maybe even allowing her to return to the part as long as her schedule lines up with the third Spidey film. With all the characters Marc has planned it’s easy to why the director has to make decision in the name of the plot and the sequel’s running time.
Speaking of characters, other actors involved in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have either inadvertently confirmed or accidentally let slip who they’re going to be in the Sony Pictures sequel. Actor Colm Feore was revealed to be playing Adrian Toombes, aka The Vulture and Felicity Jones is also rumored to be playing The Black Cat, both of which Webb has denied. Sitting down with Total Film the director admitted he has been “intentionally concealing” these secrets,
Hmmm… Well, how do I answer that? How about this? Anything you expect, you’ll be surprised. To be totally honest, I intentionally conceal these things because I want people to be engaged and surprised when they see the film and experience it for the first time. It’s not like Harry Potter or Twilight necessarily where you know the stories.
And we are constructing them from elements of the comics obviously, from the canon, and we pay homage and are very protective of certain elements of the canon, but we want people to experience it for the first time in the theatre and I think that’s an experience that it often robbed from the audience, so you’ll forgive me being coy.
So, it sounds like Webb could be going with a mixture of known elements, and with over 50 years of history to work with there’s plenty to pull from. That leaves plenty of surprises ahead audiences. What do you think though? Will it be something worth while, using a blend of characters to pull of something original or should they stick to what everyone already knows?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters everywhere May 2nd, 2014.
Last week Felicity Jones made mention of the Green Goblin appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when she said she was playing the, “Goblin’s girlfriend.” Not an enviable title, I’ll admit, but she was likely referring to a possible relationship her character has with Harry Osborn (Dane Dehaan), who we all know – at least I hope you do, otherwise SPOILER – eventually becomes the Green Goblin.
But this is all news to producer, Avid Arad. At San Diego Comic Con, I Am Rogue grabbed Arad for an interview and asked if there’s any truth to these rumors of the Green Goblin showing up in The Amazing Spider-Man sequel. Here’s what he had to say on the matter,
I think at this point, at this movie, we are not addressing it yet. She meets some of the players because she works for Oscorp and there’s no — I think she likes Harry, I think she cares for him, I think Harry is interested in models. I think whatever was in print out there really doesn’t represent what you’ll see in the movie or what you’ll see sometime in the future.
Soo… no Green Goblin. And no Green Goblin, ever? Seems that way. Was Jones jumping to the same conclusion many of us have that the inclusion of Harry Osborn automatically means he becomes the Green Goblin? Possibly, or she’s just confused about what’s really happening in this movie. Maybe she should read through that script one more time.
OR, Arad is trying to cover her slip-up and the appearance of the Green Goblin was supposed to be a big ‘ole secret? I mean, it’d make sense for him to show up at some point, what with Gwen Stacy being in this franchise and all.
You can check out video of the interview below the cut, but what do you Bastards think? Confused actress or top-secret cover-up?
Whether you love or hate Andrew Garfield as our current Spidey, the time will eventually come to say goodbye.
He spoke with USA Today about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and touched on his feelings about reprising the role moving forward. The studio’s got dates already set for the 3rd and 4th instalments of the Amazing Spider-Man franchise, set to be released June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, respectively.
Garfield aims to misbehave. Oh, wait, wrong fandom… He has no intention of getting comfortable. Fair enough.
As soon as you’re comfortable with that kind of responsibility and job, then you won’t take it as seriously and you won’t put as much care and attention and effort into it. So I guess I have the intention of not being comfortable.
He says as much as he loves bringing the role of Spidey to life, he also has days where he’d like to watch the film in the audience, watching another actor on the screen.
Will that time come for him soon?
“They might ask me back for No. 3, that would be very nice,” Garfield said. “As far as a No. 4 goes? I will be I think 40 years old at that point. So I don’t know whether it would be appropriate.” (He was joking — he’ll only be 34, with at least a few more web-swinging years before hitting middle age.)
Well, this could mean anything if you read into it enough. Either he’s just joking, he’s decided it’s up to whether the studio wants him to stick around, or he’s debating whether he wants to continue past the third instalment. Paired with his next comment, I suppose we can conclude that he’s been thinking about his options.
“The opportunity to step into the suit and step into his shoes is one I relish but it’s a mixed bag,” Garfield said. “I do cherish it, it is a true dream come true, but when the dream becomes a reality, we all know what reality is. Reality is good and bad, reality is flowers and a gravestone. You can’t just have the flowers.”
So, he seems to be saying that he’s got to decide for himself whether it’s worth sticking around based on what he perceives to be the contents of his mixed bag.
What do you guys think, would you like to see Garfield see it through to the end?
Preview night is over. The first official day of San Diego Comic Con is underway, and in shockingly good fashion too. Earlier today Sony Pictures released the first teaser trailer to Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, featuring co-star Jamie Foxx‘s Electro in mid-transformation from average Max Dillon. It’s short, but it sure get’s you “charged” for what’s to come.
Part of an extended trailer taking place tomorrow, July 19th in Hall H at 4:05 p.m PST this trailer will be among the panels held by Sony to promote Robocop, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Now enough of this jibber jabber, on with the trailer!
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan will be released in theaters everywhere on May 2nd, 2014.
A couple of weeks ago Felicity Joneshinted that she might be playing the Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy in Marc Webb‘s latest web-slinging installment, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. This time around View London talked with Jones about her role in Drake Doremus’ film Breathe In, which also stars Guy Pearce.
The questions quickly moved on to her role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2:
Can you tell us anything about The Amazing Spider-Man 2?
Felicity Jones: Spider-Man is completely different from anything I’ve experienced before, and a real departure from what I’ve done before, which I’ve really enjoyed doing; something on a completely different scale, and with it being a cartoon, it was really good fun actually. It was really fascinating to see how a film is made in that way, which is so foreign to what I’ve done before.
Have you wrapped on it now?
Felicity Jones: Yeah.
Can you tell us who you’re playing?
Felicity Jones: It’s all quite shrouded in secrecy, but I’m the Goblin’s girlfriend – I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice. I’m on the dark side.
What’s your character’s name, or can’t you say?
Felicity Jones: I can’t say actually. It’s all in the vaults of Marvel. I love all that secrecy, I think it’s great. It builds anticipation, there’s too much transparency in everything these days.
The Green Goblin’s (Harry Osborn played by Dane DeHann) dark-side girlfriend? That confirms the Green Goblin will be making an appearance or at least be set up in the movie. It could also mean a couple of things about Jones’ role.
It could confirm she is playing the Black Cat, who often blurs the line between good and bad in the comics and also competes for Peter Parker’s (Andrew Garfield) affections with Mary Jane Watson. This could just be some kind of smoke screen to hide the fact that she’s just Mary Jane, who unknowingly helps Osborn do nefarious things, and that’s how she ends up meeting Peter.
07-10-13 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
In the new Comic Con-centric edition of Entertainment Weekly, there’s an odd tidbit of insight into the mind of Andrew Garfield, the young man who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Now we know that these are more progressive times in terms of people’s attitudes to sexual orientation, and certainly that’s reflected in comic books as well, but if Garfield had his way, the world would have to deal with a – he said it – gay Spider-Man.
“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he explains. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!…So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
So there you have it. Garfield recalled this bit from a conversation he had with Spider-Man producer Matt Tolmach, and apparently Garfield also talked about it with Amazing director Marc Webb. But how seriously has Garfield considered the possibility? Apparently, he’s also done a bit of casting on the issue…
“I’ve been obsessed with Michael B. Jordan since The Wire,” he adds. “He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better—we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
Wait! Is that the real reason that Shailene Woodley was cut from Amazing Spider-Man 2? The secret twist is that Peter Parker is going to dabble in dating dudes?! Now that would be quite the departure for these new Spider-Man films. Combined with the fact that Jordan has been named dropped as the Human Torch in Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot, and I think we might be through the looking glass here into the oddly compelling world of slash-fic come to life. But I digress…
Bastards, sound off with what I’m sure are benign opinions below.
For Entertainment Weekly‘s special Comic Con issue, they’re pulling out all the stops with four different covers of pretty big-name things: The Amazing Spider-Man 2,the remake of the Stephen King novel, Carrie, Ender’s Gameand Orphan Black. Each cover corresponds to a story within the issue.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cover has got Andrew Garfield‘s Spidey and Jamie Foxx‘s Electro gracing it. We can assume that this gives us a first glance at the finalized visual effect for Electro. What do you guys think?
This is a little snippet of the corresponding EW article:
“You can feel it,” says Webb. “People aren’t scared. With the first one I felt it was important to retell that origin story. But that was kind of brutal because people were so familiar with it. Now that the origin story is done? We’re off to the races. It’s incredibly liberating.”
Hit the jump to see each of the covers in full! (more…)
The Amazing Spider-Man 2update from yesterday has some new twists and turns and the production news just keeps getting messier. First director Marc Webb announces that the Mary Jane scenes already shot with actress Shailene Woodley would not be appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, leading many to believe that those would just show up in The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Next, Webb goes on to say that Woodley would probably be too busy with her current film project Divergent and the part of Mary Jane might need to be recast. Today’s news just might be the cherry on the top of this casting reversal sundae. Confirmed by ET Canada, Sarah Gadon has been attached in an unspecified role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3 leading many to think she is going to play the recast role of Mary Jane.
Do you think she will be the new Mary Jane? Is this a case of fast casting, or was all this decided and done well before any word of Woodley’s exit? Gadon could be playing a different role, but when you look at everything and how they link up, it looks like Woodley is out and Gadon is in to portray the lovely Mary Jane Watson.
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?
Funnily enough, this news of Shailene Woodley‘s Mary Jane Watson not appearing in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follows soon after the possible news Felicity Jones is playing Felicia Hardy, a.k.a. The Black Cat and Peter Parker love interest. Hmm, was Mary-Jane bumped to make room for Black Cat?
Here’s the quote from Woodley as it appears in the print edition of Entertainment Weekly where the actress was discussing her latest feature, Divergent,
Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason… Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film.
And since we now know there’ll for sure be an Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 it seems the footage Woodley shot for TASM 2, specifically her meeting with current Parker flame, Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy, will come into play for the next film.
Which brings into question the fate of Stone’s Stacy. Something comic book fans will continue debating until TASM 2 releases. What do you think changed in the script that bumped Mary Jane’s brief appearance from TASM2 to 3? Could it be the inclusion of The Black Cat? Or is Stacy hanging around longer than we thought? (So not sorry for that.)