You just hit the jackpot, Tiger! It seems likely Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy will be getting some competition in the sequel to "The Amazing Spider-Man."
Variety is reporting that "Descendants" actress Shailene Woodley has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson -- Peter Parker's red-headed, on-again, off-again love interest from the comic books. The character was famously portrayed by Kirsten Dunst in Sam Raimi's three "Spider-Man" films, in which Watson was Parker's main squeeze for most of the series.
Marc Webb's version, on the other hand, has stuck closer to the wall-crawler's comic book continuity by making Gwen Stacy the object of Parker's affection in the first movie. Director Webb, who was just announced to be returning along with actor Andrew Garfield for "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel, seems intent on making Peter Parker's life even more complicated by introducing Watson into his life. Gee, two beautiful women competing for your attention? It ain't easy being Spider-Man.
The MJ role would represent Woodley's most high-profile project since Alexander Payne's Oscar-winning "The Descendants" last year. The "Secret Life of the American Teenager" actress has been working on mostly smaller films in the interim, having just wrapped "Smashed" director James Ponsoldt's next project "The Spectacular Now," and is starting production on Gregg Araki's next flick "White Bird" very soon. With both films due out next year and "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" not arriving until 2014, fans of Woodley will have to settle for the last half of "Secret Life's" fifth and final season, which begins airing next month.
Though she may have gained fame on the small screen, "Spider-Man" isn't Woodley's first brush with a major franchise. The 20-year-old rising star was once in the running to play Katniss Everdeen in "The Hunger Games," but eventually lost out to Jennifer Lawrence.
In other "Amazing Spider-Man" casting news, the producers of the film are reportedly on the prowl for someone to play Parker's best friend Harry Osborn — delightfully played by James Franco in the Raimi movies. The search for the sequel's heavy is also reportedly underway, with the rumoured rogue being Spidey's longtime nemesis Elektro — an aptly named villain with the power to control electricity. No news on either front, but given the series' high profile the two parts are sure to be extremely sought after by every actor fitting either bill.
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is set to swing into theatres sometime in 2014.