Is Sarah Gadon the New Mary Jane Watson in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3’?

A source close to the production says that Shailene Woodley’s part has already been re-cast for this next sequel in the Peter Parker saga.

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 Gabon is Mary Jane Watson

Sarah Gabon is Mary Jane Watson 2

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?

Spider-Man comes to theaters July 28th, 2017. The film is directed by Drew Goddard.

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.

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Comments (29)

  1. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @Brizzy Since when have I ever been the troll? Second, so what if I called her ugly?

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  2. Brizzy

    @bawnian-dexeus Well that was very mature of you. Im used to you being the troll, but not the douchebag. I tought that was cartman's thing.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  3. Brizzy

    Im calling it right now, this girl is NOT MJ, no chance.

    2 years agoby @BrizzyFlag

  4. CBF

    It seems Sarah Gadon would play a better Black Cat than Felicity Jones, who would play a better Betty Brant, but that's my two cents. Jones already said she's a villain. That has to be Cat. Gadon must be the new MJ and they're trying to deny rumors to throw it off track. Woodley's out. Gwen, Cat, and MJ (in that order) are the 3 loves of Parker's life. Gwen is early 20's girlfriend sweetheart who meets her demise, Parker moves on with a costumed affair/flig with Cat, while MJ (also Gwen & Harry's friend) is last and becomes his wife. So it sounds like they are setting it up this way. Push MJ back to make room for Cat before the MJ thing. Sounds like they are getting the love interests right in the correct order, now the villains is what may push too many characters. So, in TASM2, we have - Gwen Stacy, Felicia Hardy - then for villains - Rhino, Electro, Green Goblin II. Hmm. Then in TASM3 - Black Cat & MJ. Actually I like that formula way better than the Raimi Trilogy.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  5. artkid04

    scratch out all my other comments, no longer give a crap, no recast, saw trailer for The SpectacuLar now, guess what, Shailene Woodley needs to be mary Jane, she truly is perfect for the role, and if you don't think she's pretty check this out

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  6. artkid04

    scratch out all my other comments, no longer give a crap, no recast, saw trailer for The SpectacuLar now, guess what, Shailene Woodley needs to be mary Jane, she truly is perfect for the role, and if you don't think she's pretty check this out

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  7. artkid04

    okay, i'd say they should look for both a talented and well known actress, that I'd be okay with

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  8. Hilary Jo Carbno Olson

    honestly i am glad she is not going to be in the second one and i hope she is recast. No offense but i cant stand her static acting..its as fake and annoying as the show that made her famous. I feel like the casting for this spiderman has been others have said. Emma should of been Mary jane and not gwen. ugg and whats with all the charecters they are trying to shove into this one?

    2 years agoby @Hilary-Jo-Carbno-OlsonFlag

  9. Josh

    It seems pretty dumb that they would throw out all the footage they already shot and recast the part. I'm not buying this whole thing until it's confirmed. All Woodley said was that they were cutting her character from part 2, not that they were recasting the role completely.

    2 years agoby @shuabertFlag


    @artkid04 - Off the top of my head maybe Teresa Palmer, or Katie Leclerc. Two great actresses who meant not necessary look like Mj but can get into the character of Mary Jane.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  11. artkid04

    @Number1Wolverine who would you cast?

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag


    Jennifer Lawrence as Mary Jane (double facepalm). Another great example of why fanboys shouldn't be allowed to cast.

    2 years agoby @Number1WolverineFlag

  13. Monkeyiron 2.0

    Nah, the last chick was promising, and she look like a believeable MJ. This chick looks like a Betty Brant

    2 years agoby @monkeyiron2-0Flag

  14. Erikajinx

    If only Emma Stone played Mary Jane Watson instead none of this would happen. So far she would be my pick if she wasn't Gwen Stacy and killing her off pretty soon.

    2 years agoby @ErikajinxFlag

  15. Sean

    @bawnian-dexeus You think she's ugly ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  16. WongFu

    Jennifer Lawrence has my vote, the other two... no.

    2 years agoby @instead8909Flag

  17. artkid04

    @gandoff i would have gone for jennifer lawrence too, not because of her looks but because of her talent, she's flamboyant like Emma stone and the two would have worked off each other so well!

    2 years agoby @artkid04Flag

  18. Prada

    Usually when we hear about off-the-wall casting like this it is just the actor/actresses team trying to build up a ground swell of support. I think Gadon's team is trying to push this. Kind of pathetic.

    2 years agoby @PradaFlag

  19. Emma Jacobi

    Sarah Gadon is a terrible actress. She has a really cloying voice. I'm glad i thought the Amazing Spiderman was such crap because Gadon totally turns me off.

    2 years agoby @Emma-JacobiFlag

  20. skywise

    Listen up B. Alan Orange. I am tired of the little jabs at the fans who wanted Mary Jane to be...well Mary Jane. Is it cruel to speak ones mind? Is it cruel to have certain expectations when we are the ones paying to see this business venture of theirs?

    It is what it is. You'll be alright.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag

  21. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    @LordFolken No le veo nada de bonita so, asi soy tristemente

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  22. LordFolken

    @bawnian-dexeus Jajajaja. No seas malo amigo.

    2 years agoby @LordFolkenFlag

  23. moviemouse

    @gandoff i know i fort she was fine to dont know why she got so much backlash i mean kirsten dunst was no stunner

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

  24. AgentBlue

    Sad I was looking forward to seeing shailene in this movie but I will believe it when its official.

    2 years agoby @agentblueFlag

  25. Gandoff

    @moviemouse Exactly... fact is, she was not only not bad looking, but pretty good looking. She was not shown in a good light on Amazing Spiderman 2 shots, so people over reacted. They should have looked more into her photos on other films and such before casting a hard light at her. BUT if she is dropped and character re-cast, I know this is out on a limb, but Jennifer Lawrence would be a nice fit I think.... She has history of being in Marvel movies, plus could pull off the Mary Jane attitude. It would not be the first time a actor or actress has did multiple comic character roles. Ryan Reynolds is one prime example. Deadpool for Wolverine and Green Lantern.

    2 years agoby @gandoffFlag

  26. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I would have cast an actress like Kelli Garner

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  27. Corey W.

    @bawnian-dexeus She's not ugly at all. Much better looking than Woodley. Not sure how much talent she has though.

    2 years agoby @coreyFlag

  28. moviemouse

    man i feel so bad for shailene i mean to land that role film it and just get bumped off? harsh

    2 years agoby @moviemouseFlag

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