Emma Stone has been cast as female lead Gwen Stacy in the upcoming ‘Spider-Man’ film from Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios. Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment and Matt Tolmach, president of Columbia Pictures, made the announcement today.
Andrew Garfield of course is Peter Parker. This news initially broke over the weekend, and everyone assumed she would be playing Mary Jane Watson. It should be noted that Stone is actually not a natural redhead, but a blond. This means she’ll go back to her natural color.
Marc Webb is directing, James Vanderbilt penned the screenplay, while Avi Arad and Laura Ziskin are producing. It will begin production in December and will be released in theaters nationwide in 3D on July 3, 2012.
Matt Tolmach had this to say about the news: “It’s been an incredible journey for us to watch Emma’s star rise as an actress. She is extraordinarily talented and has a very special on-screen spark that is perfect for this role. Given her history with the studio, casting her in one of our most important franchises is a real thrill.”
Marc Webb added, “The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. 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. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde.”