October 6th, 2010
09:30 AM ET
Hollywood "It" girl Emma Stone has been captured by America's favorite web-slinging hero! The actress has officially been cast in the new "Spider-Man" reboot.
After weeks of rumors that 21-year-old Stone - who currently stars in the hit teen comedy "Easy A" - would play Spidey's red-headed love interest Mary Jane, the Hollywood Reporter now confirms that she'll play blonde love interest Gwen Stacy instead.
According to director Marc Webb, hiring Stone to star opposite leading man Andrew Garfield, 27, was a no-brainer – Webb's Spidey senses went off when the two auditioned together.
“The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice,” Webb said. “At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles but also make them their own."
Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that Mary Jane will not appear in the first "Spider-Man" movie so that the focus can remain on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, who, in the comics, dies at the hands of the evil Green Goblin.
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