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Sarah Gadon Joins 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Isn't Playing Mary Jane Watson

by Kevin Jagernauth
June 21, 2013 6:54 PM
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Update: Jeff Sneider tweets: "100% CONFIRMED: Sarah Gadon IS in Amazing Spider-Man 2 briefly. She is NOT playing Mary Jane Watson, who will NOT appear until Part THREE." So there you go -- start your speculation engine....

Welcome to the big time Sarah Gadon. Granted, she kinda already arrived after bagging the female lead for Universal's "Dracula," but the actress who has recently been cutting her teeth on Cronenberg father/son films ("A Dangerous Method," "Cosmopolis," "Antiviral") is now spinning an even bigger web.

ETCanada tweeted last night that Gadon "confirmed to us that she is joining The Amazing Spider-Man franchise," but they didn't have any details on her role. Of course this lead everyone to believe that Gadon has picked up the role of Mary Jane Watson, recently left vacant by Shailene Woodley, who had her scenes cut from "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" due to the apparent streamlining/removal of her story to focus on Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Of course, it later emerged that the role of MJ in "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," and probably the recently announced "The Amazing Spider-Man 4," was going to be recast -- so is Gadon the new choice? That's what many folks are guessing....

We'll find out soon enough, but it seems weird that they would be casting MJ for the third movie -- which isn't due until 2016 -- when the second movie hasn't come out yet. Particularly when it has been made clear the character won't be appearing in part two. Could we be seeing yet another new character being tacked on to the growing "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"? That seems a more likely scenario. Either way, speculate below. [via JoBlo]

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  • James | June 22, 2013 7:45 PMReply

    At least she won't look like a middle school girl next to Andrew Garfield. Nothing against Shailene but thats the first thing that pop into my mind when she was cast.

  • Matt | June 21, 2013 9:33 PMReply

    She looks like a Debra Whitman to me!

  • Another Matt | June 23, 2013 4:37 PM

    Exactly what I was thinking:)

  • Nathaniel | June 21, 2013 8:49 PMReply

    I believe she is Betty Brant.

  • She'd look really good with a short angular dark haircut. | June 21, 2013 10:53 PM

    I hope you are right.

  • BEF | June 21, 2013 7:28 PMReply

    I've been very impressed with Gadon in the Cronenberg films so if this bumps her up to the next level, I'm ecstatic!

  • Lucy | June 21, 2013 7:27 PMReply

    I guess now all the Shailene fans can put down their pitchforks.

    Shame she won't be MJ as I think she would have made a good one. Whoever she's playing I hope it brings her some good exposure, she deserves it.

  • stephen | June 21, 2013 11:19 AMReply

    she's probably Liz Allen, if not she's Felicia Hardy, and you may see Felicity as MJ instead. Regardless the three actresses are very cute.

  • Alan B | June 23, 2013 7:02 AM

    Jones said she is partly a villain, which means she'll either be Hardy, a character created for the screen or a lesser known supporting character. Considering they deleted MJ and Gadon isn't playing her, then Gadon might be Liz, Betty or Hardy and the filmmakers will go for a different love triangle than Spider-Man 3 for the third installment. Honestly, if they are pushing the science angle, I could see them leaving out the Bugle and Betty altogether and giving Peter a job as an assistant at a lab: maybe OsCorp? Then again, I am talking out of my ass here.

  • oogle monster | June 21, 2013 10:40 AMReply

    This movie will be such a mess, just like the first one.

  • Laurence | June 21, 2013 8:57 AMReply

    Let's not forget that Felicity Jones is also in TASM2!

  • dana | June 21, 2013 8:41 AMReply

    If they're casting her now, she's going to be in TASM2, even if just as a credits kicker or something. Shailene obviously wasn't working in the role and they decided to start over, but clumsily tried to do it without embarrassing her, and in being so cagey, probably ended up making an even bigger mess.

    All in all though, Gadon's a much better choice and while I feel bad for Woodley, that's Hollywood. And she's got plenty of other stuff on her plate, so she'll be fine.

  • Dan | June 21, 2013 1:33 PM


  • bapi | June 21, 2013 8:39 AMReply

    But Gadon is hot:

  • bapi | June 21, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    So we'll see MJ in TASM2 or they'll just replace MJ with Liz Allen because they don't wanna look bad? If Mary Jane was supposed to have only 3 or 4 small scenes...I can imagine they could use Liz.

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