It's really starting to sound like Shailene Woodley has been replaced as Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. It broke yesterday that the character was being cut out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and that the actress would instead make her debut as Peter Parker's future wife in the third film, set for 2016.
Later in the day, there were murmurs that the actress was being recast, due to her commitment to the YA adaptation Divergent. If it's a hit, work on a sequel will begin immediately, leaving no time for Shailene to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Though, with its 2016 release date already set in stone, its unclear exactly when this next chapter in the saga of Peter Parker and the search for his parents will begin production, or if it will even conflict with a possible Divergent 2.
Its been heavily speculated that Shailene Woodley was actually dropped from The Amazing Spider-Man franchise because she was wrong for the part. She appeared to be playing a motorcycle-riding tomboy, and as fans across the Internet were quick to cruelly point out, her look was way off base for the character. Though, her look also seemed to fit perfectly within the lines of this particular reboot.
Now, its sounding more and more like producers are in agreement with the very vocal fanbase, and that Shailene Woodley has, in fact, been re-cast. The actress only shot for three days, completing 3 scenes for the movie, in what would amount to a glorified cameo used to set up the character for future sequels. She was expendable and easy enough to cut out of the narrative.
We're hearing this morning from a source very close to the production that Mary Jane Watson has already been re-cast. If we're to believe this news, Sarah Gadon is our new Mary Jane Watson, and as you can see from this photo, she has a decidedly very different look than Shailene Woodley, one that plays to the pin-up model side of the Marvel character, while also fitting into the flannel moto-cross vibe that could make someone like Gwen very jealous and pull Peter's eye away from his true love.
Sarah Gadon is a Canadian actress who studied at the University of Toronto. Also a dancer, she made her TV debut in 1998 with a role on La Femme Nikita. She made her feature film debut with the little seen teen comedy Fast Food High in 2003. She most recently appeared in last year's thriller Antiviral, and starred in Cosmopolis opposite Robert Pattinson. She next appears in Dracula with Luke Evans and Dominic Cooper, which mixes the fact of Vlad the Impaler with the fiction of the blood-sucking Count.
The 26-year-old actress was reportedly cast before the news of Mary Jane's departure from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was revealed earlier this week, and since the sequel to Divergent has yet to be announced, it looks like the role was re-cast due to some of the concerns surrounding the character, as rumored.
Shailene Woodley will next be seen in The Spectacular Now, which has gained quite a bit of critical praise, opening in theaters August 2nd. The actress is actually quite in demand at the moment, so this should come as no big loss for her. Not only is she currently shooting Divergent, she is lined up to star in The Fault in Our Stars as well.
What do you think of this news? Is Sarah Gadon the Mary Jane Watson you were hoping for?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released May 2nd, 2014 and stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Colm Feore, Felicity Jones, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field. The film is directed by Marc Webb.