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Emma Stone about to be cast as Mary Jane Watson in “Spider-Man” reboot?

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: After “Easy A,” most critics predicted big things for charismatic starlet Emma Stone.

They had no idea how right they were.

Stone is about to be offered the role of Mary Jane Watson in Marc Webb’s anticipated reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, according to Deadline. This after actresses Dianna Agron (“Glee”) and Georgina Haig (“Wasted on the Young”) were linked to the film as contenders for the coveted role.

Deadline reporter Mike Fleming says Webb also will be filling the role of Gwen Stacy, who is Peter Parker’s first girlfriend in the Marvel Comics. The presence of both Stacy and Watson suggests that Webb’s “Spider-Man,” penned by James Vanderbilt, will draw its inspirations from later animated series like “The Spectacular Spider-Man,” which was set in high school but featured both female characters.

Of course, Andrew Garfield of “The Social Network” and “Never Let Me Go” has landed the lead role of Spider-Man. Other rumors circling around the Internet say Sony is casting for the villain Venom, and is eyeballing Phillip Seymour Hoffman, but that has not been confirmed.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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